Whine? Who, Me?
I have noticed that Fall is the favorite
time of year for so many people.
I used to love Fall.
Until I realized it is just a big scam by Mother Nature
to distract us from what will be coming next.
Around here ~ which is western Pennsylvania ~
the Autumn vistas are quite spectacular.
Stunning golden trees that look like they
are lit from within. Blazing reds and oranges.
Wood smoke in the crisp, cooler air.
Wonderful displays in front yards
of pumpkins, scarecrows, mums,
and cornstalks placed there by neighbors
who count Fall as their favorite time of year.
And of course, Halloween.
One of the funnest holidays around.
The magnificence of the autumn display
seems to be in direct proportion to the
awfulness of the winter to come.
Look at New England.
I'm sure autumn is even more spectacular
there than here. That's where all the
Leaf Peepers go, isn't it?
And if there's one place I'd dislike
more to spend the winter than here,
it would be there.
On the other hand, what about Southern California?
I can only say this because
I was one of these people myself ~
Californians desperately pretend autumn
is a season there, trying to get in the spirit.
And moan about how they miss the changing
of the seasons. Then they glide right through
November, December, January, and February
in glorious sunshine with outside temperatures
hovering around what our furnaces are
struggling to maintain inside the house.
I want to go back there!! Please!
I promise to never complain again
about no seasons!
Autumn comes and goes so quickly.
It seems one day you are admiring
the maple tree in the neighbors' yard
and next thing you know, it's Thanksgiving
and the views outside give new meaning
to the term "monochromatic".
Brown, brown and more brown.
Like a moon landscape, but browner.
Alright, enough whining and whinging.
I love the verb 'to whinge'.
Whinge: Complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.
It seems more descriptive than 'whine', which
sounds too much like a delightful beverage.
And I realize that is exactly what I'm doing ha!
(Whinging, not drinking wine.)
So. I think I have just enough time to go to
the market, buy some pumpkins and mums,
dig out my Fall decorations, and make
an awesome display in the front yard.
Did I mention I love Autumn?