By Megan Wirts
Fall is here folks! It is officially my favorite time of year! My tank tops and flip flops have been traded in for cozy sweaters and boots. Weekends are now filled with Friday Night Football and Soccer Saturdays.
So, like every other Saturday morning in September, I grabbed a sweatshirt to keep me warm on the sidelines as I watched my little weekend warrior kick some goals. Then, I stepped outside and was met with a suffocating heat that you would expect to feel mid-July and nearly melted!
WHAT IS HAPPENING!? I’m still in Michigan and it is late September, right? Faster than I could say “climate change”, I turned around and dug out a summer dress I had already pushed to the back of the closet. Only to realize that I hadn’t shaved my legs since before Labor Day. Ugh.
This isn’t how Fall is supposed to be! I’m supposed to be cozied up with a hot cocoa and complaining about being too cold! I’m supposed to be picking apples and making chili! You can’t do any of those things when it feels like the inside of an oven outside! So, what are we supposed to do!?
Two words: Enjoy it!
Before we know it, there will be 2 feet of snow on the ground and ice-covered cars in the morning. Sure, I was annoyed that I had to bust out the razor one last time before I go into hibernation mode, but I got over it. It was worth it to get to soak up one last weekend full of Vitamin D. It was also kind of nice to be able to enjoy a soccer game not bundled up in full winter gear and two blankets to keep myself from turning into a human popsicle.
After the game, we did what anyone would do on a sweltering Saturday afternoon, go out for ice cream. The only problem with that is most ice cream shops close after Labor Day weekend. Nobody expects 90-degree weather after the first day of Fall. After driving around to all the ice cream localities only to find them all closed, we settled for McFlurries. They did the trick.
If we hadn’t been busy with sporting events we would have done like almost everyone else on my Facebook friends list, gone to the beach. At the end of the hot day, I sat and scrolled through my news feed and saw photo after photo of happy people splashing in the water. Lake Michigan never looked so good on a September day.
Yes, my kids are wearing worn out summer clothes to school this week instead of their crisp new blue jeans and fall sweaters. Those will have to wait. I’m going to enjoy this last bit of summer sun and then go inside, crank up my air conditioning, light an apple cinnamon scented candle and bake a pumpkin pie.
I mean, it is officially Fall.
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