Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
~Carol Bishop Hipps
In improvisation, one of our exercises is a game called “Seven Things,” in which we go around in a circle giving each other the challenge, “Give me seven things that [whatever].” We are not going to go around in a circle here, but if you’re drawn to lists, this prompt is for you.
Give me seven of your favorite things about Autumn.
1. Flannel sheets: Oh my god, I love the day that we take off the cool cotton sheets and put on the fuzzy flannel sheets. Just the act of climbing into bed, into the natural warmth of them, makes me all cuddly-feeling.
2. Hot chocolate: I’m not a coffee person. It’s too bitter for me. I love the smell of it, but the taste is yucky for me. I do, however, love hot chocolate, so much that friends and family get me flavored syrups and odd hot chocolates when they see them.
3. Tea: I know that a lot of people drink tea year-round, but I’m not one of them. Tea, for me, is something for the colder times of the year, to help warm up, to help calm down, to help with the nesting and hibernation at those times of the year.
4. Soup: I love me some soups, and, much like tea, I don’t do a lot of soups in the warmer months. Something about a big bowl of homemade creamy cheesy potato soup with homemade bread means that it’s getting colder.
5. Changing of the leaves: I lived in California for seven years. The only times it looked like the hills and/or woods were on fire were when the hills and/or woods were actually on fire. In the midwest and the great plains, where I was born and raised, October looks like the world is on fire. There are as many shades of red and orange and yellow in a Wisconsin woods as there are shades of green in Ireland.
6. Samhain: Witch’s New Year. It’s a time for reflection, for honoring the ancestors, for amazing ritual, for sharing loss and stories with coven and circle and grove, and having friends and family to help with the pain of loss and helping you to move a little farther away from it.
7. Halloween!: Gayest. Holiday. Ever. And yes, I mean that strictly in the most positive sense of the word. I love the candy, the costumes, the awesomeness.
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