I have some thoughts that I just need to get off my chest. Deep ones. About Fall and Texas and such.
EVERY September, the pumpkin comes out of hiding, Hobby Lobby turns orange and red and leafy and festive and stores transform. All things Fall. I went to the Gap to find Lila a few pairs of shorts for pre-school. I did not find ONE. SINGLE. PAIR. Instead, I found parka’s and scarves and little brown(adorable by the way, but so completely not necessary until maybe Christmas) boots and full on winter coats. I’m confused by this. Why don’t stores stock according to WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED? They’re selling down comforters for us to wear, as we leave their store and head to the pool cursing the day we moved to the state with no Fall.
This has me so completely befuddled and depressed. See, Fall is my FAVORITE. But, real Fall. Not the fake only in stores and at Starbucks kind of fall. I went to Starbucks yesterday, know what I got? A giant very berry refresher. That’s right. Because it was ten thousand and two degrees outside and my pants were soaked just from running to the mall, where I bought a very cute vest that will sit in my closet for the next 3 months. Maybe 2 if we’re lucky.
So, what do you do when your entire state is faking Fall? You crank your AC down super low so you can lounge around your house in leggings and long sleeves, then you change into your tank top to walk out the front door, lest you melt or die of a heat stroke at 34. You wear scarves with tank tops and flip flops with sweat pants because that makes complete sense when it’s 89 degrees with 93% humidity. That’s scratch my eyeballs out weather if you ask me.
Last Halloween my kids were sweating profusely under their costumes. Kids are running around red-faced and dehydrated because they insisted on wearing the fluffy and HOT Olaf costume. They are so exhausted and toasty that all they want to do is head home early, strip down to their bare nothings and eat all the candy. It is truly a night to remember.
So, as a sort of Texan(I’ve lived here 13 years, and even then I have issues wanting to break up with it in the “Fall” because it is then that it becomes a liar) I’ve come to ignore the Facebook posts that are all, “Fall is here!!” and “Hope everyone is enjoying this weather!” only to check the weather app on my phone and see 90’s for the next. 10. days. Seriously?!?! What is wrong with these people?!
I’m from Tennessee. Where the Fall lives. And I know what seasons look like and sometimes I miss having more than just Summer and Winter. But, my theme for this school year is to grow where you’re planted, and I’m planted in Texas. Where my favorite season is somewhat lacking but where the closest friends are, where I can wear flip flops year round and most importantly, where we’ve set our roots for now. So, I’ll cry and moan every September, and drink PSL’s(for real, we abbreviate this on social media to look cool? I have no idea) and stock my pantry with pumpkin puree. Because really, winter is right around the corner. Happy “Fall” ya’ll!!!!
Anyone else confused by the false start of Fall?
What’s your favorite season?