Tuesday, September 01, 2009

An Open Letter to the Season of Fall

La Vida Dulce
My Little Corner of the
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September 1, 2009

Dear September,

Hello and welcome back!

This week for school I gave my students the task of writing a friendly letter. So, I am writing to you.

Its on this day that I am filled with hope. 

This first of days in the months that end in -er are some of my favorite days of the year. 

Yesterday, I could feel the twinges of fall beginning as the eve of your arrival danced on the breeze...the air was cooler, and, as if you have already begun to wave your wand of change, some of the leaves on the trees are preparing to turn gloriously red-ish.

Every year I am surprised by how good you smell, and last night, as I walked outside one last time to say goodbye to August and those lovely days called summer, I caught a teasing whiff of the sweet goodness you bring when you finally make the choice to stay.

Before I lived in this sweetest of southern states, I used to know your scent by an orange colored candle I would pull out from under the bathroom sink every year. 

Who knew that "Fall-Time" was a real-life smell? 

I don't need that candle anymore. I just open the windows, and fall comes in.

What else do I love about this first day of this great month (and the months to come)? 

Well, you bring the celebration of the birth of my first child, the beauty of Gods creation in the best of colors, the beginning of soup season.

And craft season. 

You bring the opportunity to start drinking more hot beverages, and eating breads that are ladled with spices. 

You bring apples with caramel.

You bring warmth, and charm, and the ability to hike without bugs.

September, you're the beginning of a great time. 

I love you so....

The CoffeeGal


Anonymous said...

oo what a great letter to September! We are going to the beach next week.. after that I will be ready for fall.. however we have some cool weather here this week :-)

Carpool Queen said...

And you bring sweaters and scarves and the return of long pants to cover pasty white legs that didn't get to the pool as often as I would have liked.

Let's be sure and get together for a pumpkin spiced latte soon.

Tracey said...

Amen! I grew up in Florida..the land of perpetual summer.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fall in North Carolina...Simply cannot wait to see the Carolina blue skies that only the Fall season brings. Every year, I walk outside, see those gorgeous blue skies, and proclaim, "THIS IS WHY I LIVE HERE!"

Thanks for the letter...it made my day!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I loved this letter to fall! Our changes to autumn here are a little more subtle, but this morning I turned the air conditioner off on the way to school because we didn't need it. I think I'm going to look for our fall decorations to see if I can hurry it on its way to see us.

Kendra said...

I love the -ER months, too. And orange candles. And apples and caramel. You are making me giddy with anticipation of the changing seasons! Another wonderful thing about fall? Don't have to shave every day, don't have to hold in your stomach when you wear bulky sweaters and layers.

adrienne said...

mmmmmmmm...pumpkin spice lattes are back. i have already indulged. i'm going to go sick on the back deck with my bible study and my stand-in pumpkin spice creamer. just have to remember to put up the umbrella so the squirrels don't drop acorns into my quiet morning coffee.

Megan O. said...

Love your letter! Makes me nostalgic for a place I've never been. Sadly, I'll be the one pulling out the candle and turning the a/c down so we can pretend it's cooling off, but deep down I know it's really summer for a good 2 more months here.

Tiffani said...

Oh yes, talk to me, September!!!

I'm tellin' ya living in the deep south...the Fall makes you just as a giddy as those few snowflakes we see every year!!!

Welcome back, September!!

really.truly said...

Apples and caramel....oh yes!

I posted about fall today too! The leaves are changing, the air is so cool...short season is over in my neck of the woods. Bring on that caramel....on apples and in my coffee!

Elizabeth said...

I had our windows open yesterday to let the breeze and the smells in, and I got a hint of fall. I am in love with everything about it. But I don't really acknowledge it until October, so you'll see my letter then:)

Farming On Faith said...

What a wonderful letter to September in deed~

Gretchen said...

I never thought of it, but I guess I do really enjoy the -er months. All except for the week after Christmas--usually an ice storm and by then, I'm ready for January, is all I'm sayin.

Kellie you have such a great mix of gentleness, gratitude, and fun. Lurve you.

Jessica said...

I stopped over from Amber's blog, so Hi! and just wanted to say that was a wonderful letter! I heart months that end in -er, too!

Jenster said...

I love this letter. Can I just sign my name??

Gretchen said...

Mmmm! Me too. Me too. and me too!
I love all the months that end in "er"

Anonymous said...

Oh, you make me so excited for fall. We haven't really gotten there yet here in Texas, but I got really excited to hear that Starbucks has their pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin scones for sale now. :) The little things. . .

Alexis @ tobebeautiful said...

I found your blog through the True Campaign website, and I just have to tell you- I love it! This letter to fall makes me jealous and wish I lived in NC. Here in South Texas, we get like a day of fall weather!