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One Good Thing - Bring on the pumpkin spice
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They always say to wear the clothing for the job you want, not the one you currently have. If that’s the case then surely we can dress for the weather we want too, right?

We are only about a month into summer but I’m already over it – I’ve been over it since before it began. The “warm” weather we’ve been having has been somewhere between stifling and broiling for me. You can count me out when it comes to high humidity, “feels-like” 100F readings and all the obnoxious bugs that come out of hiding when the temperatures spike. Mosquitoes, ticks, ants and fleas – I’m looking at you!

I like it when the weather is mild, even better if it’s actually cold. When the mornings lend the world a fragile layer of frost and we can see our breath, I couldn’t ask for better weather. Bundling up in blankets and getting cozy indoors is such a nice feeling when the weather is cold, but you can’t quite do that during the summer.

In fact, the summer makes it downright miserable to even be outside. I’ll never understand what people who live for summer get out of it, especially since my aspirations in life don’t include being burnt a nice “lobster red” shade despite diligent sunscreen application or needing a shower right after I took one. No thanks!

I say all this to say that I am ready for fall, and I am prepared to pull out the pumpkin spice, Halloween movies and whatever else I have to in order to convince summer to not overstay its welcome. I crave colder temperatures, rain and pumpkin-themed everything. I especially look forward to the Halloween movies I’m sure are waiting in the wings for October’s arrival and a Harry Potter marathon ready to queue up for the millionth time. It doesn’t end there, though.

Past all the superficial parts, fall is a time for togetherness and reflecting on what, and who, we have in our lives. The kids and college-goers head back to school, too, where they fill their minds up with knowledge to carry them through life. What’s not to love about all that?

The other seasons have their merits, of course – even if they’re fewer. The spring is so pretty with its greenery and flowers waking up from their winter slumber, coloring the world in vibrant color. Summer brings us delicious produce, its only redeeming quality in my humble opinion. 

Fall gives us a brief respite from extreme temperatures on either end before it finally relents to winter, which allows the earth a time to rest before the cycle begins again.

While I know there are rhymes and reasons for the cyclic nature of the earth’s seasons, I still find myself hoping fall weather isn’t too far off.

Nikki Childers is a Standard reporter. She can be reached at 473-2191.