This week marks the second half of July. In one month, kids will return to school and we'll be gearing up for September. Boy, do I love September. September is the month that kicks off autumn, which is inarguably the best season of the year. Well, we can argue about it if you want, but I have to warn you that I'm pretty passionate about autumn.
To be honest, much of this passion comes from how much I hate summer. Summertime is hot and sweaty and painful. If you don't have a swimming pool in your backyard, you might as well remain indoors between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on summer days. It's only after 7 p.m. that the temperatures become bearable enough for a leisurely walk. This weekend, I didn't check the mail until 7:30 p.m. because I was afraid I would start melting in the parking lot.
Autumn isn't like that at all. When September rolls around, the temperatures begin to cool down enough that suffering a heat stroke is no longer a necessary fear. It's also when the leaves begin to turn orange and red and yellow. I bet you couldn't find somebody who dislikes looking at fall foliage. Some people aren't happy with cooler temperatures, but you'd be hard-pressed to track down a person who thinks our part of the county isn't beautiful when autumn sets in.
I've lived in Northwest Arkansas for only two years, so I know how lucky I am to live in a region where the change of the seasons is so beautiful. Growing up in Texas, I recall seeing nature in a perpetual state of brown. It wasn't always super brown, of course. During summer, the trees became green. But during the other seasons, most every plant had something brown about it. The grass was rarely green, too. Also, it was always extremely hot. This is not a combination I found to be pleasing, if you can't tell.
When I lived in Texas, the end of July marked the beginning of a slightly less hot, much more brown season. Here in Carroll County, I've got a lot more to look forward to. Soon, the trees will start to shed, and beautiful leaves will begin to coat the sidewalks and parking lots throughout our community. I'm crossing my fingers that we'll have a cold winter, but I'd be OK with it if the temperatures fell even by 10 degrees. Though it sounds like it, I am not picky. I just want to live in a place where it's never hot or humid. That's not too much to ask for, is it?
Autumn doesn't just bring cooler temperatures. It's also when television shows start back up, chunky sweaters come back in style and soup makes its way back into the rotation as a dinnertime staple. Just thinking about watching a new episode of "Grey's Anatomy" over a bowl of homemade lentil soup makes me feel like doing some kind of dance. It makes me feel this way, but I don't actually dance. I'm really not that coordinated and it would be painful for everyone involved if I tried to be.
So here we are, just two weeks away from August. Then it'll be a month until September, and then our
little community will experience the best season of the year. I didn't even get to mention Halloween or fall festivals or pumpkin spice lattes! Autumn also leads into the major food holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can already picture all the pies my nana is going to make and how pretty all the historic districts will look covered in Christmas lights.
To get there, we have to make it through these last two months of summer. As long as air conditioning continues to exist, I think we can do it.
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Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.