In search of Fall. It has been a hot summer in Florida. The older I get, the less tolerant I am of the heat, especially since Mother Nature has blessed me with hot flashes and night sweats. In any event, I have been chomping at the bit for the first cool breezes of fall. However, we are now at the first of October and cooler weather continues to elude us.
I long to live where the seasons change, to see the beauty of trees turn from green to hues of gold and red. To feel a crisp cool breeze against my cheeks. Instead, I fill my home with hints of fall, the scent of pumpkin spice, and place a few gourds here and there. I head to the shops seeking a fall wardrobe, knowing that I will not be able to wear most of what is on offer until January.
I select a camel colored tank top, some open toe booties and a light weight jacket but it is still to hot and uncomfortable to wear the jacket. I select a gauzy top with a fall inspired print and call my fall wardrobe complete for the year.
Meanwhile, my daughter is spoiling for her first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, so we make a pilgrimage to Starbucks on the first day of fall to celebrate and enjoy the flavors of cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg blended into iced coffee. We laugh knowing the rest of the country drink their PSLs hot.
A week later, we decorate for Halloween, and I reminisce of past parties and huge lawn tableaux that brought neighbors and Trick or Treaters to our home through the years. A few weeks before Halloween the neighbor kids would come around asking if we were going to have “scary man” again–a strange semi animatronic figure we set at our front door. A hidden hinge caused him to lurch forward as kids approached, just as a belch of fog filled the front path. A spooky laugh from our sound system sent the kids running. Back they’d come for more, receiving handfuls of candy and complements on their creative costumes.
I don’t want to go too far back in my thoughts, as I prepare for a simpler Halloween with no parties and few decorations. In spite of the heat, and a simpler lifestyle, now seems to be just right for this Almost Empty Nester.