I've been in love with autumn ever since I can remember. I loved going back to school, and had the biggest butterflies in my stomach every year - but I loved dressing for school in the fall, and seeing where my desk was going to sit and how my teacher was going to put my name on my desk that year. I loved organizing the little nook in my desk that fit all of my folders, pencil boxes, notebooks, etc., but I remember that I couldn't ever figure out the best place for my ruler. I rarely ever used it...but it seemed important, and it was a requirement year after year. I usually would just tuck it along one of the sides of the nook - but that felt wrong and so it just kind of moved all around the nook. I'm sure you all really, really cared about all of that. But, I ate it all up. I remember the graphic turtlenecks that my mom would dress me in. Sometimes, they were hand-me-downs from my older brother but that still suited me just fine. I remember I had this orange plaid jumper that I wore in school pictures one year and it felt.so.right.
There were hayrides and pumpkin patches and themed days at school. There were hand-stamped turkey shirts and crafts and cold afternoons and it was all even better at home. We'd go to school one day, and come home to find cobwebs stretched from the chandelier to the banister. There'd be pumpkins and vintage decor and once we decided what we wanted to be for Halloween...my mom would make it happen for us. Halloween morning was always a treat, but the fun would last for months. Over the years, one thing that hasn't changed is that the day before Thanksgiving is always spent in the kitchen with my mom in preparation for the following day. We listen to music and whip up dressings and pies and casseroles until the whole house is warm and smells like heaven.
There is so much comfort in this season, and my love for it goes far beyond my memories of school and the way that my mom would decorate the house. It's deep-rooted and it feels almost tangible, and as far as I know, it's always been there.
I'm currently making a list of the things that I'd love to accomplish this week. Included in the list: buying stationery to start writing letters, and blogging my autumn 2018 bucket list. What would YOU like to see/read/hear about?