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A satisfying season

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When will it be fall? According to the calendar, autumn actually began on Sept. 22. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t seem to take note of the calendar. Only in Texas can a cool front bring 80 degree temperatures and folks will cheer the cool relief.

Not only does the calendar tell me it’s supposed to be fall, so does the sports season. Texas rarely seems to have proper football weather. For me, it isn’t as fun to watch an outdoor football game unless it’s cool enough for a sweater. We usually don’t see such conditions until high school post-season play.

Some people might prefer to hang on to the sweltering heat of summer, but I personally prefer the cooler temperatures and light breezes of autumn. I enjoy seeing the leaves change to reds, yellows and oranges. During such times, some trees almost appear to be aflame.

I also enjoy sipping hot chocolate, but not in warm weather. Hot chocolate just tastes better if the temperature has dropped and there’s a nip in the air.

The deep cold, which we haven’t see much of around here in recent years, seems to seep into my bones. That’s a bit too much for me. I guess that’s why I like the fall season so much. I can be comfortable in a light jacket and one of the many scarves that can be found in my closet.

Of course, fall means the beginning of holiday season and the anticipation of holiday happiness.

Whether you celebrate with family or friends, prefer to host parties or go out, something about the holidays tends to make folks more charitable. I don’t know if it’s the reminder at Thanksgiving to be grateful for what we have, or the joy of Christmas giving, or simply taking note that we should spend our time wisely as yet another year draws to a close. Whatever it is that makes people more generous, it seems to start with fall. Yet, here we are near mid-October still awaiting autumn weather. Too bad meteorologists can only report, not dictate, temperatures.

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