fall days

after nine hours in a building at work every day, nothing cheers me up more quickly than walking out the door, breathing in the crisp air, and rustling through piles of beautifully-colored leaves.

stepping outside and feeling the cool air on my face, the woolly scarf around my neck, and my boots rapping the sidewalk, all help me leave the stress of the day behind. it wakes me up, makes me glad to be human, happy to be able to be outside, to be finished with work, knowing that john’s waiting for me.

lately, with the early onset of evening darkness, we’ve been staying close to home, rather than out and about; sharing apple crisp, watching “Mad Men,” and roasting pumpkin seeds (removed from the depths of the pumpkin john carved). as much as i loathe the late darkness in the morning, driving to work in the dark, the sun not rising until i’ve been at work for more than half an hour, i love how how the early evenings make everything seem cozier, the glow of the lamps casting beautiful shadows on the ceiling, the chilly air making us huddle closer on our night-time walks, our breath rising in small clouds as we walk under the streetlights.

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