I hate to see you go.
I think you might be my favorite month because you bring with you so many of my favorite things … beautiful crisp weather, radiant leaves, comfort food,
jeans, and warm sweaters. And if Mother Nature had to pick a favorite child, I think you’d be hers too. Not because she loves the others any less, but because you bring such beautiful changes to this season – long-awaited, much-anticipated and greatly appreciated cool temperatures, landscapes painted with colors not easily replicated, new life breathed into stale air, and early nights when everyone is inside. Together. You are perfection with your cool days that are not cold, warm days that are not hot, gray skies that make us long for afternoon naps in front of televised football games, and Carolina blue skies that make the whole world want to go outside.
You bring perfect pumpkins that decorate porches and magically transform into a dizzying variety of delicious baked goods. We joke around here that Halloween kicks off the holiday eating season as plastic handled jack-o’-lanterns are rummaged through for favorite candy treats. As your days stretch on, traditional family favorites that we wait to indulge in all year are finally enjoyed. Again and again, from now until New Years. Or maybe January second.
You remind us that the holidays are coming. And soon. They will be here before we know it. And there is a calm, happiness in anticipating all the joy that comes with them without being caught up in the hurried bustle of it all – quiet yet. I can still flip through glossy, festive magazines while checking out at the grocery store, pondering tables settings, Thanksgiving menus, Christmas cards, and gift ideas without having heart palpitations and a sweaty brow, knowing deadlines are looming.
You are a giver, October. Sharing your beauty, selflessly handing it over at its peak. November starts today, granting an extension to so many things I love. And this weekend she comes with an extra hour of sleep. November might be my favorite too.
Okay. Second favorite.