Give me seven things you associate with October. You don’t have to explain them, but it’s more fun for readers if you do. from CafeWriting
- Fallen leaves, strewn across the ground. I shuffle through them, or happily crunch them with my sneakered feet, while the dogs roll in them, noses all a-quiver. Ah, the smell of mulch in the morning.
- Soups and stews, all simmering, filling the house with spicy warmth, living on the stove where one can sneak a bowl at odd hours, filling the stomach and the soul with warmth.
- Crisp evenings, with woodsmoke in the distance and crystalline stars glittering in the heavens.
- Chilly, mist-softened mornings that turn the grass a greener shade and allow your breath to form silly spirals when you speak into the air
- Witches, ghosts, and goblins scampering down the street, accompanied by adults looking wistful for the days when they were the ones in costumes, and the chocolate didn’t have to be x-rayed before you could eat it.
- Rain-slicked streets lit by lamplight, cars coming home in full darkness, glowing windows dotting the neighborhood.
- Apples everywhere, red and green and yellow, like stoplights. Pressed into cider, baked into pies, stewed into sauce or boiled into jam – sweet, tart, crisp and redolent of fall.