Here I sit, at the tail end of August, with several weeks of summer left. But I can’t help but feel excitement when I think of what will take place in the months ahead — my hands-down, favorite season of all, fall. (And also the birth of my third baby!)
While I do agree right now is a bit early to be introducing pumpkin-flavored everything, to be getting e-mails featuring autumn-themed baking tins and decor, and to have my kids glued to the pages of costume catalogs that come in the mail, it’s no secret that I’m a lover of all things fall, especially since this season is so magical here in New England. Why is it so special in my mind? Here’s a brief collection of my thoughts, in no particular order:
1. Crisp, sunny days just chilly enough for a light fleece, but warm enough to warrant hours playing outside, leading to rosy cheeks.
2. The smell of raked leaves, and the opportunity to jump in piles of the vibrantly colored hues.
3. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate.
4. Cider donuts galore (or any kind, really — cooler weather always makes me crave donuts).
5. Football, watched live or in the cozy family room on Sunday afternoons (and rooting for some of the best professional and college teams in our region).
6. Fall baseball, and the rekindling of hope that our Red Sox could pull off another World Series.
7. Comfort-food slow cooker dinners.
9. October surprises.
10. Strolling along picturesque city streets with brilliantly colored trees.
11. Viewing the Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, and Esplanade in all of their autumnal splendor.
12. Hearing the clicking of boots and booties along the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill and Quincy Market.
13. Having the opportunity to dive into the Halloween spirit by visiting historic Salem.
14. Pumpkin ravioli, whoopie pies, cookies, and the list goes on.
15. Experiencing the romance, the history, and the sheer beauty of this beautiful city and region of ours in all its natural glory — and sharing this with my children.
For the next few weeks, I will be soaking up the last few lazy, hazy days of summer. But while doing so, I will be bursting with excitement for the autumnal equinox and all that will come with the New England fall!