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I love fall. I always have. When I grew up in the Northeast, fall's chill reminded us that winter and its brutality was fast approaching. Though I hate winter and the long stretches of cold, I couldn't get past loving fall with all its bursts of color, as if God's Crayola box exploded. It gave us apples and cider and hot, hearty meals that summer just wouldn't accommodate, like my mother's great roast with potatoes and carrots in the pan. (That's what we called it, maybe not the most culinary name.)

Now, in Tennessee, fall marks the end of the oppression. Summer in Tennessee sometimes feels like you're walking through a swamp, muggy and damp. (This summer was not anywhere close to last's, however.) While the calendar says fall started Monday, it felt like it started a good week or two ago, when the temperature and humidity both fell off as quick as a prom dress.

It's wonderful to have the windows open at night, a cool, light breeze coming in to kiss you as you bury yourself beneath the covers.

All I've wanted to do is sleep.

Fall, too, is an intellectual time. Schools resume and the trees in their opulence are made for sitting under with a book. I've been going back through my personal journal and I find that I write a lot more in the autumn. Maybe it's all crap, but at least I take the effort to generate the crap. The fall stirs something in me that makes me want to write. I wish I could bottle it and store it for the days when I have no desire. Drip some like a bit of whiskey from a flask into a steaming cup of coffee.

As someone who spent a lot of his life in school and who now works for one (in the library, for crying out loud - how much more intellectually oriented could I get???), the fall is a wonderful time. I've been busy at work with some class lectures (I don't teach a full course this year, but I've been doing some lectures for one) and coming home to a quiet house. I make dinner (rosepurr made a tasty hearty soup out of some of the Lebanese squash we've been getting from our CSA - great and low cal and very filling and a wonderful quick dinner) and then I sprawl across the couch and read for a couple of hours. The cats lay next to me or on top of me, happy to have a human home.

Then I talk to rosepurr for a bit and then it's off to bed.

I can't believe September is almost over.

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mrsbowlert
Sep. 25th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
I would absolutely love to sit in on a lecture you do sometime....I think it'd be interesting to see another side of you.
And I know the roast was a chuck roast to be more specific.....
thndrstd
Sep. 25th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Are you having trouble sleeping? My lectures are a good cure for that. HA!
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