Sunday, August 29, 2010

Change is in the Air

by Amanda Forester

I love the beginning of autumn. I know we’re not quite there yet, but yesterday when I took a walk in the beautiful sunshine there was a certain snap to the cold breeze that told me cooler weather is on the way.

I believe autumn is the most beautiful season of them all. Here in the Northwest the trees light up with blazing colors of yellow, orange, gold, and red. Of course we always have the steady evergreen trees mixed in for added color. We are not there yet, but it’s coming, and I love it!

I always get excited this time of year. Maybe it is because I went to school for sooooo long I’ve been trained to consider the fall as the beginning of the year. The few days before school starts are ripe with possibility. These are the glory days before I’ve made my first mistake or gotten so far behind I crackle with anxiety. The beginning of school is always an adventure, a fresh start, a new beginning.

Even when I (finally) stopped going to school, I went back and taught classes at a local university. I just couldn’t quite pull myself away. In a fun way, the excitement of the beginning of school was still there (before I made my first mistake or fell behind). Interestingly, I also still got anxious during exams—even when I was the one giving them! There’s something for therapy…

So what is your favorite time of year?

16 comments:

  1. I agree, Amanda. Fall has always felt like the real beginning of the year. A symptom of the education addiction the two of us apparently share.

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  2. MM - school has certainly shaped my outlook on Fall, that's for certain! And yes, it an feel like an addiction - LOL!

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  3. Definitely Fall. I love the turning leaves and the cooler air. I don't want to be cold, I hate cold, but I hate sweating too :) Fall is perfect, still warm enough, cooler nights, a feeling of change, which I think is exciting. The leaves changing color makes them seem so alive. Ironic, since they're actually dying. But there's the promise of new growth. And my kids go back to school and I can get some serious writing done. But seriously, there's just something magical about Fall.

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  4. I love autumn, Amanda, although we don't have the spectacular autumns that the folks up north have. It's a long way from coming here too. We get Indian summer where it's hotter than blazes and you think it's never going to get cold. I'm ready to write some more snow scenes just so I feel cooler. LOL

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  5. Anita - I agree , there is something magical about the Fall. I don't like being cold either, but I love sweater weather.

    Terry - Let me know if writing a winter scene works to keep cool - though I bet your snow scenes are still pretty hot!

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  6. LOL, Amanda! Well, uhm, yes, it's important not to get hypothermia, you know. :)

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  7. I love spring! Mostly because I hate winter with a passion and spring means winter is over for another 9 months. Yippee! Plus, the flowers start blooming. The grass gets green. The leaves unfurl. The squirrels emerge and act all twitterpated. The birds return from their winter nesting grounds. It's a reawakening of life.

    For me fall means having to go back to work (that school thing) and lots of allergies when farmers start combining the cornfields and kicking up dust. But fall beats winter, that's for sure!

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  8. Olivia - I do like Spring too. It is beautiful after a long stark winter to have the flowers and trees come into bloom - of course then it can get to the allergy thing. Good luck avoiding the cornfield dust - doesn't sound like much fun!

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  9. Terry - I'm writing a scene in my WIP where my hero and heroine fall into a frozen river in January in the Highlands. Now that's cold!! And then of course they (cough) have to you know (giggle) warm each other up!

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  10. I do love the fall. Especially on those days where the sky is bluer than blue, the air is crisp and the leaves crackle under your feet.

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  11. I remember that "fresh start" feeling in the fall, too, but I'm with Olivia - I love Spring! After a Wyoming winter, I'm so ready for flowers and sunshine - although spring doesn't really start until June around here. We had a big snowstorm on May 25th this year! Terry, you can come up here and cool down (just you, not your books)!

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  12. Robin- yes! That is exatly what I like about fall!

    Joanne - a snowstorm in May? Wowzers! I'd sure be ready for some Spring weather too!

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  13. I left work yesterday - at a little after 6 in the morning - and there was a slight nip in the air. Not cold by a long shot, but just that touch of coolness that was a welcoming sensation. Yep, autumn is approaching.

    I am a summer gal though. I like all the seasons and am fortunate (as far as I am concerned) to live in a place where the winters are mild. I REALLY hate the cold and snow! The DH talks about moving to Montana someday and me typical response is, "Have fun. I'll see you in the summer!"

    I like heat and although it is nice when the gauge starts to drop below the triple digits I also feel a tiny bit sad since I know that means cold is coming.

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  14. Sharon - I do like that the seasons change. I think too much of any one type of weather would get monotonous. I do love it when summer is starting, but when fall comes around, I'm ready to put on a sweater!

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  15. I miss the seasons, Amanda. It's pretty much always summer here in Arizona. It's just cooler in the winter. :}

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  16. I love fall too Amanda! I'm from the midwest and I adore fall colors; I just feel more alive this time of year! I was at Target yesterday and I bought sparkly leaf stickers because the were only a buck and made me so happy-lol! However, it took me 3 decades, 3 states, four cities, and FIVE colleges/universities to finally get my degree-whew! So I loathe those back to school sales because it reminds me of the unceasing drudgery of school, plus the agony of losing a father-in-law during that time and very nearly my mother. However, somehow the fall offerings at Starbucks help erase the horror of remembering my long journey-lol!

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