Hurry Up and Stay, Fall!

photo-1523712999610-f77fbcfc3843Photo by Johannes Plenio

Do you call it Fall, from the old Germanic word fallan? Which literally means to “fall,” as in the temperatures or the leaves, or both. Or do you call it Autumn? A prettier word from the Latin autumnus. Still, it’s meaning, “cold,” isn’t so pretty, so I prefer to think of it as Mr. Tumnus’s namesake season.

Whichever term you use, there’s a good chance it’s your favorite season (it is mine). And it’s here! Sort of here. September is like a potluck supper—hit or miss. But no matter what the barometer says, the leaves still begin to turn. And so do our thoughts: to homemade cocoas or pumpkin-spice lattes, or sipping fortified eggnogs while reading and whisky-dozing by a fire, with a non-shedding cat or hypo-allergenic dog on your lap.

Do you long for it like I do, and then mourn its untimely passing? Or do you comfort yourself with the thought that “Christmas is coming”? But I’m getting ahead of myself. Hurry up, Fall. And then stick around for a while!

  “August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” ~Sylvia Plath

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed.” ~Stephen King

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” ~J.K. Rowling

“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” ~Diana Gabaldon

“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.” ~Victoria Logue

“Leaves covered pavement like soggy cereal.” ~Patricia Cornwell

   “The house was very quiet, and the fog pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.” ~E.M. Forster

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off,

then encourage them to try again next year.”

~Chad Sugg

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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29 Responses to Hurry Up and Stay, Fall!

  1. I comfort myself with the thought that soon I won’t have to mow the lawn every week … 😉

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  2. theburningheart says:

    “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”
    F. Nietzsche

    Also my favorite season. 🙂

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  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Fall is my favorite season. After all of these years I STILL think of going to high school and college…

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  4. Lokesh Umak says:

    I love call it Autumn than fall, love the season too 🙏

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  5. Paula Light says:

    Lovely quotes 🍂🍁

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  6. simplywendi says:

    we are so blessed to experience such beauty!

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  7. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote says:

    Autumn is my favorite time of year, too. Here in New Mexico, the leaves are still green and our daytime temperatures are still in the 90s. But that’s better than the triple digits we had for so long. Happy Autumn, Mitch!

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  8. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    Beautiful post, but I am honesty mourning Summer’s best kept secrets. Just something about Summer for me, I get all of these beautiful things written on Fall. I just am a summer loving kind of gal. I will find comfort in new totally cute flannel, and the trees changing to amazing colors. I chose to live here with all 4 seasons for a reason. So goodbye Summer hello fall. I am making my way to accepting you! Thanks for an awesome share!

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  9. M.B. Henry says:

    I love fall too – and I ALWAYS look forward to Christmas 🙂

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  10. Great post with beautiful quotes on fall!

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  11. TEP336 says:

    Spring and fall are my two favorite seasons. I love the crisp, cool air, and the rain. As for sitting by a fire, my go to is always The Glen Livet. My current bottle is a blended bottle (14 and 16 years) with some really nice fruity tones that are just lovely. Aside from that, my wife makes an absolutely amazing homemade cocoa that is just mind-blowing. Regrettably, with me living in hotel rooms for the remainder of the year, the chances of enjoying either are somewhere between slim and none.

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  12. Kellie says:

    Autumn for me, had no idea of the meanings though! I’m going into spring and enjoying some beautiful rain right now 👌

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  13. Gorgeous image and thought-provoking quotes.

    I have no favorite among the words [autumn] and [fall] to name what is definitely my favorite season.  One word does work better than the other in some contexts, such as tinkering with rhyme or rhythm in a poem.  Then again, a poem about fall may not need to name it anyway:

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  14. Linda Schaub says:

    Fall is my favorite season and it is definitely not long enough for me. I love the smells, colors, the chance to layer woolens and don hats and gloves … but then it gets ugly and nasty, at least here in Michigan. We had a touch of Fall temps last week. Last year we had some snow right after Halloween – it dusted the pumpkins that were left out for the squirrels to munch on. I’m not a fan of Winter and I think the whole Christmas season has become too commercialized – maybe it will be better this year since there won’t be much in-person shopping.

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  15. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Yes, it’s the best. That’s why we named our daughter Autumn, even though her birthday is in May. That’s how good that season is.

    Have a great week.


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  16. Tom Schwabel says:

    Unfortunately, you are using my copyrighted image without any permission, and the copyright notice has been cropped from the lower right corner. I own a registered legal copyright with this image. It is not free and was never free. And businesses who use it without permission have ended up getting a greeting from my attorneys many times in the past. Using an artists work without permission or credit is not only disrespectful, it is illegal.

    I hope you will reach out and make an RESPECTFUL effort to resolve this problem in a manner that is fair to me, and make more of an effort to properly respect artists rights and give credit where credit is due in the future.

    Tom Schwabel
    Japanese Garden

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Hi Tom, I apologize. I make a regular point of, 1) using images from sites that allow free downloads (such as unsplash and pexels) and, 2) placing an attribution beneath the picture with a link to the creator’s site. I honestly can’t recall why I didn’t in this case; there are many images of this famous tree online, nearly all from the same angle, so I may have confused it with one that was available and by an unknown photographer. At any rate, I have removed the image, and once again apologize. Your work is excellent.


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