The weather is changing and there is a certain feeling in the air. The fall is fast approaching, and I don’t mean the fall of civilization, although that feels inevitable to many. In the final days of August, we noticed as our local grocers began stocking less charcoal briquettes and marking clearance prices on the pool toys and vessels for making sun tea. The shelves are now stocked with Halloween candy and spooky decorations. There are delightful plump pumpkins stacked where the watermelons once were. There are seasonal drinks and food promotions all around.
Autumn is the season of decay, crunchy leaves, warm spices, and bundling up. This year I suggest making a small adjustment to actively make our lives a little easier. Let’s be kind to pumpkin spice enthusiasts. I, myself, prefer black coffee. I admit, the flavor doesn’t strike my fancy. I don’t feel the slightest bit of curiosity to try the pumpkin spice toothpaste that will undoubtedly hit the shelves in the next few weeks. But why not let our friends and co-workers enjoy their hot bean water with whichever spices, syrups, or milks that make their hearts happy?Let’s bask in the solace they find as they rejoice gleefully sipping on pumpkin spiced lattes or on pumpkin beers. Let’s admire their dedication to this theme when they eat pumpkin pie while sitting on a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch with a pumpkin on their head. I nearly envy their commitment to the exaltation of such a glorious gourd.
There are plenty of things to be cynical about in this day and age. Let yourself off the hook this year and focus on something less harmless. Global Warming, for instance, which might very well impact pumpkin patch crops in the future.
Jamé McCraw is a sketch 1 student and a recent graduate of the DCH improv program. She performs with Watermelon. She spends time archiving mementos in her little old house and always finds time to hold hands with her cat, Stanley.