There is something about the glimpse of fall in the air that conjures up excitement inside. Memories of previous falls flood into my mind. The cool, crisp air caressing my skin and the fresh, gentle breeze blowing through my hair. The shorter evenings remind me of harvest season, the season to be thankful for my blessings.
Autumn swings by and showers its magic on trees, creating a picture perfect painting of red, orange, and yellow. Long walks in the parks and forests with the music of crunching leaves under your feet resurface in my mind.
It is my favorite time of the year. There is a sense of endings and new beginnings. We bid good-bye to summer, to the green trees, and the holidays of summer. But we welcome the sense of new and renewal: a new school year starts, freshly harvested vegetables line the stalls at markets, excited children dress-up and collect Halloween treats, and families gather together for Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Canadian wildlife can be seen in abundance as cooler temperatures force them to lower ground.
And fall is my favorite season for another special reason. It is when I said ‘I do’ to the man of my dreams in front of all our family and friends!
I love autumn and have always enjoyed everything the season has to offered. I remember returning to school tickled pink to see my friends and classmates, with new school supplies, new clothes, and a new perspective, renewed energy, a new sense of determination, and a renewed sense of optimism.
Now, I live in Taiwan and I sometimes miss the changing of the seasons. Taiwan does experience a subtle changing of the seasons but it is not as dramatic and substantial as Canada. And when I sit down and reminisce about past autumns, I can’t help but think about the amazing memories I made during fall while carving pumpkins, decorating for Halloween, playing in the piles of fallen leaves, enjoying the cool weather, and snuggling up by the wood-burning fireplace.
And when I return to Canada during this season, I always appreciate and give thanks for the memories I made during this season and I continue to make more!
Living abroad makes me appreciate other cultures but it also makes me value where I come from just a little more!
How about you? What do you like about fall? What is your favorite fall memory? [For some awesome fall pics, check out this post!]