According to Google, there are 17 days until the Autumnal Equinox, the official beginning of the fall season. Everyone in Tennessee knows that autumn usually doesn’t start for real in the South until at least mid-October (and sometimes later).
But there are days like today that are sort of a sneak preview of fall. The temps dropped below the normal sweltering range of late summer and descend into glorious fall-like range. I can close my eyes for a moment and pretend that it’s October and all the good holidays are just around the corner.
Eventually I open my eyes and find that it’s not even Labor Day yet. But I’m not complaining. I know that fall is inching closer and closer. It also helps that the A/C in my car is working better than ever, so I can navigate the last few weeks of hot summer before flannel season starts.
Flannel. Pumpkins spice. Leaves changing colors. Apple cider. Bonfires. Crisp breezes. These are a few of my favorite things and they’re all coming soon to an outdoors near you.