By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
Moncton Times & Transcript
Fall arrives at 6:05 a.m. on Friday. This means that tomorrow is the last full day of the summer of 2011 – the summer that never was for most of you summer lovers. Seems like it rained most of the time, didn’t it?
Ah, well. Other areas experienced drought. We had the opposite. Neither is great to have. At least everything was nice and green in these parts. It was one of the few years that my lawn didn’t turn brown, at least. Usually, my poor lawn – at least the front one – was half deceased by the time autumn rolled around. This year, though, the abundant amount of rain ensured that it continued to look like a lush, green jungle right through to September. I was half expecting to see herds of zebras and gazelles migrating through it.
With the arrival of fall, though, come the cries of “Oh woe is me!” from the summer lovers, of which I am not. I understand the attraction, certainly. No need for heat. If you’re cold all the time, then summer is usually a reprieve from constantly shivering. It’s light outside until well into the evening, so we save on electricity bills, too and it gives friends and neighbours a chance to socialize more outside during the longer days.
And then there are vacations, of course!
A chance to spend time visiting faraway places in search of adventure or simply taking day trips in the local area to learn more about our own backyards.
The fall, though, certainly has its charms. If you’re in mourning for the heat and humidity of summer, here are some of the top reasons I propose that fall – my favourite season of the year – should be your favourite time of the year, too:
It’s the new television season! Sick of reruns?
Then this week is for you! Between the new and returning series, there’s enough to keep any television junkie satisfied! Sad to see all the summer reality series come to an end, such as Big Brother and Hell’s Kitchen?
There’s a new crop starting up this fall: The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, and Survivor. Whatever your guilty pleasure is, the fall can mean a few good laughs, thrills and chills in front of the TV after a long day of hard work.
The nice weather. You always hear people say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” If you have air conditioning at home, humidity is a non-issue, but the more humid it is, the more uncomfortable it is. In fact, I don’t know many people who really love the humidity.
It really bogs a person down, doesn’t it? I’m certainly one of those who doesn’t enjoy feeling like I’m underwater when I’m walking down the street!
The colours. Summer may have its lush green trees and bright flowers, but there’s nothing like the spectacular colours that fall brings. Take a drive through Albert County later this month and admire how Mother Nature took her orange, red and yellow paint brushes to all the trees. Even if you’re crying yourself to sleep because summer’s on its way out, you must admit that the fall foliage in these parts is something to behold!
It’s time for back to school. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, you just got some sanity back. Enjoy it. Run around the house naked. Take a nap. Sit in the middle of the kitchen and listen to the silence. No kids arguing. No “Mom!” or “Dad!” Just blessed silence… until about 3 p.m. when the mess-making tornadoes plow through the door.
The nights are cool and it’s easier to sleep. Some nice warm blankets make it that much cozier. There’s only so much a person can take off before they’re lying on top of the covers naked with huge fan blowing air all over them in order to try and cool off. Been there, done that. It ain’t pretty, folks. Turn away. And no, feeling your retinas sizzle and having smoke rise out of your irises aren’t good signs.
Halloween. I hate Halloween, but so many people enjoy it and it’s great for the kids. And it’s another reason to decorate if you’re into that stuff!
Thanksgiving! Ah, time for turkey and enjoying the bounty of the harvest!
Farmer’s markets. There’s no better time of the year to visit a farmer’s market than the fall. Everything’s fresh. Everything’s plentiful. The cool, crisp air of a Saturday morning at the farmer’s market can’t be beat!
“Return to normal” for consulting businesses. If you’re a consultant, like me, you’ve likely noticed that summertime is not exactly great for business. Sure, there are some things going on, but July and August are not exactly “feast” months in the consulting business. Come September, though, the calls start coming in again as clients return from vacation and projects get underway again.
Fresh pumpkins. Pumpkin pies. Pumpkin jam. Ah, nothing better!
Fresh squash. If you’re not a fan of squash, you’re missing out on something delicious. I didn’t start eating squash until later in life, but it’s one of my favourites now. So good when accompanied by ham or turkey!
A new beginning. Next to the “real” beginning to the year on January 1, Labour Day seems to be another time of the year when people start new diets, new projects, new jobs, new schools, new adventures. It’s a new season of hope!
Whatever your reason, enjoy this fall. I can smell the pumpkin pie now!