Fall in America, or more specifically on the East Coast.
I don’t believe there is anything like it! The beginning of a new school year, going to football games, corn mazes, carving pumpkins and baking the seeds, passing soccer fields filled with kids on a Saturday morning, raking leaves, sitting in Starbucks with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, getting ready for Halloween…
After living in a foreign country for a year I have found a new appreciation for a lot of things but everyone finds a joy in this time of year. How could you not?
This past weekend, my first back as an American in America, I did some very festive activities. Saturday afternoon I was involved in a pumpkin carving contest. As the kids were running around the yard playing football (love it) the adults drank pumpkin beer and ate soul warming chili 🙂 There was also some carving going on as well. I felt it only necessary to carve a big “USA” into my orange canvas. I must say I was low on the creativity scale next to my friends. The winner was a “Timon and Pumbaa” (The Lion King) carved by my artistic best friend and her sister. There was also an RIP “Apple” Steve and a “jaws” created by keeping the pumpkin on its side.
Sunday I went with a few friends into Chestnut Hill a small town near Philadelphia. We walked down Main Street stopping in little boutiques and coffee shops. The weather was beautiful with strong sun but a crisp breeze.
Since I have gotten off the plane from France I have to admit, I have been a little anti-American. I compare everything to France and don’t hesitate to tell people that I wish I was back there. I feel sorry for this attitude now though because really you can’t find this family, happy, cozy Autumn feeling in France and I sure am glad to be back here devouring in it 🙂