The First Day of Fall

Ah, yes, finally…it is the first day of fall.  As I write this it is ninety-four days until Christmas, sixty-five days until Thanksgiving, but, most importantly, it is only thirty-nine days until Halloween.

It’s been some kind of year, hasn’t it?  And we’re in the home stretch to the new one.  When I was a kid it felt like it took forever for the holidays to roll around.  The summers seemed to never last very long, but once school started, time drug its feet slower than a sedated snail with lethargy.  My grandmother always told me not wish my life away and she constantly reminded me that time would move much faster once I was an adult.

As with most things, my grandmother was correct.  Time flies by, and way too quickly at that.  For all its seasonal worth, September and its first day of autumn is a mere three months from the first day of winter (December 21 this year, four days from the festive giant that is Christmas).  Where did the summer go?  Where did the whole year go for that matter?

This is a Tweet I read a few weeks ago which is one of the greatest philosophical eye-openers I’ve read in a long while:

That hit me hard.  I never thought of those things in such terms.  They are the countdown, the downward spiral.  Thursdays, generally, lead to the end of the work week, 8PM begins the settling in of the night (for a lot of us), and October is the doorway to the darkest part of the year.  They lead to endings.

But Mondays return, so do early mornings, and so does a new year.  Luckily, there’s a lot of fun to be had before all the newness rolls around.

I like the holidays as much as the next person, I think they are magical.  My favorite is Halloween, though.  Fall is my favorite season.  Halloween speaks to me.  It always has.  It and autumn are mythical to me.  It is always autumn in my head, overcast and a drizzle of rain having just fallen.  I have a ton of good memories of the spring and summer months, but the ones during the darker parts of the year bring back the warmest feelings.

I hope you’ve all had a great first day of fall.