No matter how far my school days are behind me, fall always signifies the start of a new season, a fresh start.
An excuse for even bigger books to curl up with, bouquets of newly sharpened pencils (as Nora Ephron might put it) and, of course, a new bag to tote around the city with all your supplies. I vividly remember picking out my school bags each year, excited by the promise of what they represented — another year of learning, growing and burying my nose in a book.
Fortunately when I asked on Insta Stories the other day, many of you share my same visceral nostalgia when it comes to fall -- so much so, that you shared your own favorite memories and musings when it comes to what excites you about the start of this new season. I wanted to share a handful of my favorite submitted comments in hopes it gives you the same warm hug it gave me when I sat down to read them all. Think of it as your Autumnal ASMR reading list. So without further adieu...
- The crispness in the air
- Fuzzy sweaters on the first chilly day
- Velvet, corduroy and tweed
- Halloween movie marathons
- A leather biker jacket
- Apple cider and hot toddies
- The first cool rain of the season falling in late October
- Crisp, cold apples, pumpkins and squash
- A sharp pair of black riding boots
- Fried food and corn dogs (from a Texan who looks forward to her state fairs in the fall!)
- Fall foliage, or as one reader put it "the trees dressing up in beautiful colors"
- Wearing layers for the first time
- Shades of maroon, burgundy, gold, burnt orange and amber, cognac and sage
- All the school supplies
- The angle the sun takes in the mornings and afternoons -- creates the perfect real life filter
- The childlike heartache of waving goodbye to my mom from the school bus
- Those Crayola crayons -- one reader shared this story with me: "I taught Kindergarten for 18 years. I still go to stores in August and smell the crayons. They must be Crayola. I’m not into branding except when it comes to crayons. Their pigments are vibrant. I always felt my students deserved the best crayons. It’s such a simple thing. Spring for the Crayola. Actually, Walmart sells a box of 24 Crayola Crayons for $.50 a box in August. I’d gift them a box for school and a box for home. $1.00 a student. Why wouldn’t you?"
- The first fall breeze of the season
- The smell of wood burning
- New England leaves
- The first time you step on a leaf and it crunches
- Hearing the marching band practice at the local high school
- Sweata weatha!
- The lull which transcends the streets, giving way to a sort of calm
- First long sleeve shirt run of the season
- If you listen carefully, insects "sing" slower on fall evenings
- Watching Hocus Pocus for the millionth time
- Changing the bedding over -- switching from light linens and cooler fabrics for heavier, warmer ones
- Friday night lights from high school football games
- Arts and crafts and Renaissance fairs
- Rainy afternoons in a library with a book you don't want to put down
- Rewatching When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Mona Lisa Smile, Dead Poet's Society and Practical Magic
- Summer dresses with cardigans and boots
- The promise of holiday season around the corner
- Much loved copies of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye
- Seeing your breath on a chilled morning
- The book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
- Wellie rain boots
- Felt hats
- The way a neighborhood street looks at dusk just as the street lamps turn on -- leaves strewn across the ground glowing