Friday, September 08, 2006

Autumn Magic

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower"
~ Albert Camus ~

I really love the Autumn season. And I really prefer to call it Autumn instead of Fall. Although this particular part of Texas does not show a great deal of autumn color on the foliage, I still love the season. I used to love summer as a kid because, of course, there's no school. How could that not be the best part of the year? But now that my life doesn't revolve around the school calendar, I have decided that my favorite time of year is autumn. Although, when I was in school, I did love what going back to school meant: getting school supplies! I really enjoyed picking out my notebooks for the year, labeling everything and having it all organized for the first day of class. I'd test out all my old pens to make sure they still worked and make sure I had lead (#2, of course) for my mechanical pencils. I would mark every single one of my new books with my first initial and last name on the spine (page side) and I'd carefully break in the spine by folding down sections of the pages until I reached the middle of the book.

Other things I love about autumn: when the air gets a little crisp, smelling a wood-burning fire toward the end of the season, wearing light sweaters and putting my sandals away for a while, the colors associated with autumn (cinnamon red, orange, and gold), pumpkin spice candles, chrysanthemums (which I learned to spell by watching Anne of Green Gables, by the way) and of course, pumpkins!

Actually, I sort of have a crush on pumpkins. I love them - I like to go to the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect ones. Then, I leave them out (uncarved) until after Thanksgiving both indoors and on my front porch. I also always get a mini pumpkin for my desk at work since that's where I feel like I spend most of my time. I remember the year at my elementary school when all the kids helped plant pumpkins for the school pumpkin patch and then we got to harvest them the next year - how cool is that? We also had a pumpkin-decorating contest at school that year - all the dressed-up pumpkins were displayed in the library. I don't really remember what mine looked like.

You know, there's one pumpkin product that I don't like: pumpkin pie.


Unknown said...

I love pumpkins too! And, I don't care for pumpkin pie either. There is an awesome pumpkin patch at a Methodist church on the corner of Coit and Arapaho that has the hugest most beautiful pumpkins. There's also a wooden bleacher set up with lots of small pumpkins. I take the kids there every year because it usually isn't crowded and we get great photos. (sometimes obscene, but still great, ha!) They each get to choose a small pumpkin, and I buy a few others as well. One year, Cody tossed our rotted pumpkin into a pile of leaves in the backyard and it grew into an amazing, large vine. It even bloomed gorgeous orange flowers, but it never produced a single pumpkin.

Another comment- a lot of people don't realize the importance of "breaking in" a new book carefully, as you described. I'm glad I'm not the only one that takes the time to do that!

Amberly said...

Rachel, I also LOVE to decorate with pumpkins, but do not like the taste of them at all! However, at a ladies' Bible study that I once attended years ago, I decided to taste the pumpkin cheesecake that was offered. It was delicious!! So, I quickly got the recipe & have made it atleast once a year since then. (Of course, I'm convinced that you can mix just about anything with cream cheese & it'll turn out delicious!)