My best friend Kristen recently tagged me in a post on Facebook that said:
“Fallsummoween: That period where the inside of your home looks and smells like a beautiful, spooky hayride through a pumpkin patch … but it’s still 110 degrees outside.”
I have never read anything truer for someone who lives in South Texas and loves Fall. Fallsummoween is fall, summer and Halloween combined into one word that has now become my new favorite phrase … so if you hear me say Happy Fallsummoween, just go with it.
Although Fall is still officially three weeks away, you can bet that my house already looks like a pumpkin exploded in it and smells like apple cider. I just love the cool weather, sound of leaves crunching under my cute booties and wearing baggy sweaters, leggings and scarfs. The weather, décor and fashion are not the only reasons I love the Fall season, though. This time of year always brings excitement and energy into my life with the many fall activities one can do!
But recently, our world has been experiencing a whirlwind of tragic events. A lot has been happening across the world from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, insane weather and the most recent bombings in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 13 American soldiers. Joy seems to have ceased to exist in our world as people struggle to push forward during these trying times.
With the upcoming holiday season, my hope is that we can find that joy again in the chaos that surrounds us.
In the past month, I have looked for ways to find that joy in my own life again. Like fellow columnist Glenda Thompson said in a former column, I’ve been taking 15 minutes a day to do something for myself: go for a walk, read a book, color/ draw, play with my dogs, attempt yoga … whatever it is, I’m making sure it takes me away from my phone, tv, computer and electronics in general.
So, as September begins, I encourage you to find something joyful to do for yourself or with your family or friends. Examples include pumpkin/ apple picking, taking a hayride, baking sweets, make/drink apple cider, jump in a pile of leaves … anything that brings joy back into your life again. Happy Fallsummoween, and may you enjoy the upcoming holiday season.
REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at email@example.com