Each year comes with four different seasons. In South Dakota, those seasons change drastically, but fall is by far the best.
Fall is the season of harvest and change. The leaves are changing colors and falling. Every step you take makes a nice, crisp crunch. It makes you think about how time has changed in the past year.
Fall brings back memories from your childhood, things like starting school, jumping in leaf piles and the sugar high on Halloween night. The season is a time for friends and family to gather, and you get the opportunity to reflect on the past year with others around you. It’s time to look back on the past while looking forward to the rest of the year and upcoming holidays.
The season has the best holidays—Halloween for all the spooky people and Thanksgiving for food lovers and friends. With these holidays come classic movie and TV specials such as “Addams Family Values,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “Chicken Run.”
You can expect lots of seasonal shopping, including for pumpkins, pies, new fragrances and clothes.
And, in standard Midwest fashion, flannel is back in full force. Everyone is wearing their flannel to stay nice and warm. Of course, jackets can now be worn long with boots and sweaters.
Some days you can wear long sleeves and pants and the next you wear shorts. The weather is so different here in South Dakota.
Some nights are clear, and on others, storms rage through the night. One day of the week snow might start falling and the next three days it’s 70 degrees and the sun is shining.
The nights turn darker sooner now, perfect for looking at the stars. My favorite thing about fall is daylight saving time. You technically get to sleep in an hour more. As a college student, I can say any chance at extra sleep is a great thing.
Football also starts up again in the fall. While it is not something I enjoy, many people are excited to cheer their teams on. Going to games and tailgating is a great way to create new memories.
There are so many fun fall activities. Apple picking with friends is always fun. Carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds is something everyone needs to try at least once.
The only issue I hold with fall is people’s need for pumpkin spice-flavored things and candy corn. I see no purpose for these things to exist. They are nasty and I refuse to participate in their celebration.
The season of fall is by far the greatest season, and I will love it and fuzzy sweaters to the end of time.