Bells rang out, pealing with happiness and joy. Autumn had come and harvest festivals were preparing to bring deliciousness and smiles to the faces of all the weary summer travelers.
But this year, it was decided that apple cider would be served chilled and pumpkins would remain unlit. Instead, pumpkins would be set out during the day and filled with ice cubes to be used in the apple cider. It was not that the autumn was to be abnormally warm, it was just that the summer had been so abominably hot that everyone needed a lengthier transition – or make that a more abrupt transition – into winter. After weeks and weeks of heat waves no one was interested in HOT apple cider or warm pumpkin pie. The enormous summer heat waves had an undertow that kept pulling you back into its relentlessness.
So, this year, autumn will forgo being a transitional season and will instead serve as a direct conduit to winter and all the coolness it brings.
Written: July 23, 2010