Pumpkin Spice is in the Air

Sep 12, 2017

Words by Kathryn Monsewicz

Oh, come on, I barely got my flip-flops on and now you want to sell me a giant bag of pumpkin-shaped peanut butter cups?! Oh, the humanity!

What does a girl have to do to get summer to stay past Labor Day?

There’s nothing that can be done. Corporate America is going to shove pumpkin spice down your throat the minute the calendar reads September. I know, I know. Some girl in her fuzzy slipper-boots, leggings and flannel shirt reading this right now is like, “But I love PSLs [Pumpkin Spice Lattes]!” Don’t get me wrong. I do, too. Starbucks gets half of my money every fall season.

I guess what I am trying to get at is autumn came early this year — every year, it seems to come earlier and earlier. For some people, earlier than it should. Others have had This is Halloween playing on repeat for weeks now.

Whether you’re hitting the clearance racks for summertime sell-offs or browsing Hobby Lobby for fake leaves and cornucopias, you’ve contracted some kind of bug, and I’m not talking allergies or the seasonal flu. It’s a bug that was given to you in primary school. (Can you think that far back? Little Debbie’s Cosmic Brownies and nap time on the green and yellow road-map rug.)

But fall doesn’t come too early. And summer doesn’t end too soon. It’s a matter of personal taste and function. Since we were youngins learning how to write our names and reading about hungry caterpillars, we have been blessed with a full three months of leisure. Nothing to do but watch cartoons, play out by the pool and go on vacations to the beach. The whole time you’re building sand castles, your body is learning something.

Summer means stress relief. It means no obligations. It means the end of hard work. (OK, maybe singing your ABCs isn’t hard work, but at some time in your life it was.)

So what does that mean for fall? Isn’t fall the season where everything dies, drops to the ground and decomposes in the filthy mud until it freezes over?


Fall is where “it” begins.

What is “it”? “It” is your mind and body getting ready to learn something new, to have a fresh start at a new year that has been etched into our brains to begin as soon as the school doors open.

People get eager to start a new day, a new diet, a new job — OK, I lied about the diet part. But starting anew in the fall is what people are excited about. The cinnamon and spice is everything nice, but that’s only a tangible piece of evidence of what it means to begin again.

Enjoy this fall season. Give a toast to October with your Oktoberfest lager, howl at the moon so full of light and pull that North Face a little tighter around yourself. It is not fall, but a New Year that came early.