Why Dads Love Autumn. [No, It’s Not Because of Pumpkins]
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Today my kids went back to school. Sort of.
I have mentioned in previous blogs that I am not a parent who enjoys back to school. I love having the kids home, planning day trips or things to do with them. I love the impromptu nerf war, the extra baseball practice time, the quality time that is harder to have during the school year.
Having to get 2 little humans ready as part of the morning routine just compounds the morning chaos. The rigid schedule of going to bed is a necessary evil but I don’t enjoy it almost as much as they don’t.
The first 4 days of Isaiah’s school are half days and Izzy only has 2 days of school this week. They may as well have started after Labor Day but oh well.
Back to school and cooler mornings (until this mini heat wave that arrived today) can only mean one thing.
Autumn is approaching, and fast.
I love Autumn (Fall). It’s a reprieve from the hot weather but no blizzards usually and no extreme cold either.
It’s inevitable that end of August, early September we begin to see Halloween stuff, Apple Cider Donuts, and Pumpkin everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple Cider donuts and Pumpkin pie, but we’ve gone overboard now.
Some stores even begin pushing Christmas stuff around this time. That’s just insane. Yet some people love it.
Some dads may disagree with me on some of these things. I am not a big fan of Halloween and I know some dads are.
Let’s Start with What I Do Not Like About Autumn
This list is probably going to be short.
First, I am not a fan of pushing the holidays so early. Christmas is at the end of December. We have to get through Thanksgiving first. Let’s be honest. Most dads are last-minute shoppers anyway so you’re not going to hook a dad on buying Christmas gifts in October.
I don’t get the Pumpkin craze. I like Pumpkin pie but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it. I am not going to go out of my way for a Pumpkin Triple Mocha Latte Super Espresso (I just made that up but you get my point).
I enjoy an Apple Cider donut but the amount of sugar in a donut is unreal, so I usually avoid them. If someone has an alternative that is worthy of being named an Apple Cider donut, by all means, please do share.
I don’t like raking. I just don’t. If you like it more power to you. Swing by my house anytime between October and November.
I do not. I like cutting the grass (I did it today, on the first day of the mini heatwave). I don’t mind shoveling snow so long as it’s not measured in feet. I do not like raking.
I do enjoy playing with the kids in the piles of leaves, but then you have to rake again.
That’s pretty much the whole list of Autumn dislikes.
What I Love About Autumn
Let’s start with the most important one.
September is filled with hope and endless possibilities. Football season has arrived, and the Yankees are annual playoff contenders. The Jets are usually a disappointment by the end of October, but I still have hope every season. This year looks promising so far.
It’s an exciting time in the sports world. And if you’re a Fantasy Football fan/participant then it’s even more exciting.
Draft day was yesterday. I think I have a good team. I tend to be in the top 25% of my leagues but have yet to win it all. I did make it to the final once.
I am coaching Fall Ball..more fun! Coaching baseball is something I really enjoy, and the baseball field is my sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of my life. We have two months of decent weather to play games. And it keeps my son warm for the next season.
My favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. There’s no pressure to find the perfect gift and it’s all about family. It’s the 3 F’s. Family, Food, and Football. How can you not love Thanksgiving?
It’s hoodie season. I love my hoodies. So much comfort all in one article of clothing. I prefer UA Hoodies but also have a few custom hoodies. It might be time to create a Dad Tax Hoodie.
There are lots of fairs and carnivals in early Autumn. The fairs are great in my area, as I imagine they are everywhere.
And finally, as I mentioned earlier it’s cooler weather. I have lived in Connecticut all my life. Winters a brutal. Summers are brutal. There can be a 125-degree difference between February and July on any given year. They are extremes of each other. As I write this on August 27th it was 94 degrees today. It’s currently 7:30 pm and it’s still 86 degrees. Uncalled for. Tomorrow and Wednesday are supposed to be worse.
The last 5 or 6 Winters have also been brutal. One was the coldest on record. We had a record-breaking blizzard in 2013. Last year was the mildest it’s been in a while.
Fall and Spring are really the best weather. I love Fall weather. So long as there are no freak Halloween blizzards. We have had a few of those in recent years too.
Stop the Pumpkin Madness
I get it. Pumpkin is tasty. Now there’s pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cookies, and muffins. I think I saw pumpkin spaghetti. What? Is there a pumpkin pizza yet?
You’re ruining pumpkin for everyone. And if there is a pumpkin pizza then you’re ruining pizza.
The truth is without four seasons you can’t really appreciate Autumn. If we didn’t have the extremes of Winter and Summer, then Autumn wouldn’t seem like such a great season. I imagine people who have lived in Florida all their lives probably don’t get it.
But no matter where you live most dads will agree that the other reasons I love Autumn are indeed great reasons to love the season. The sports world is buzzing. Thanksgiving is coming. And my sanctuary..the baseball field with my team, who like the Jets are full of hope and promise. Somehow I believe they will outperform the Jets.
Now let me go tweak my Fantasy line up and see who didn’t get drafted that might be a sleeper.