It’s a thing of beauty don’t you think? Autumn a lot of people see gloom of winter and having to hide away from the rain and harsh winds that come with it but for me its so amazing and the cutest; most romantic season of all, you can wrap up warm in a cute hat and gloves and go get a hot coffee with your loved ones or dance in the beautiful burn orange leaves.
My true love for autumn came was when I was a child. Most children hated this time of year because the it meant the summer holidays ending and school starting, but for me it was an opportunity to go back to my friends and see them. when I was really young (about 6) my best friends lived quite far from me, too far for me to venture of on my own anyway, so I was always stuck indoors until I got a little bit older at least, me and my family moved home and with that I moved school.
When I started my new school I made friends easily, for the first time ever. I remember my first every school friend I was about 8/9 years old and he was this nerdy smart kid that was a bit of an outcast, I remember playing tag in the classroom and getting told of by my teacher she asked if I’d behave like that in my old class… to which I replied “yes” I was an adventurous soul and so innocent I didn’t know that answering truthful could still get you in trouble sometimes.
Well good news for me, my new friend only lived in the court opposite me and we’re still friends today and even though I don’t see him much, he’s studying paleontology in university I believe, I know he’s only a text away which is nice. I remember the first time “calling on my friend” – the term we used for knocking on your friends door and asking them to play, it was autumn and he introduced me to a whole new group of friends, these guys sort of formed my current personality so I owe then quite a bit, one of the first games I remember playing was jumping on fallen berries our boots were covered in red goo once we’d finished making the biggest mess ever we all needed a drink and one of my new friends houses was the closest (in reality we where all practically neighbors) his mum went mad at the mess we’d trapped through her home.
I also remember that it was the same day I went on a rope swing for the first time, it was so freeing to have the icy wind hit my face, it made my nose cold but I loved it, from the age of 7ish I didn’t get a lot of freedom, I had a big family and 3 younger sisters to look after ( I do have 4 but one wasn’t born until I was 10) so I felt like I had to had no choice but to help my mum. But when I did go out I always tried to have more fun than the last time I was out with my friends.
As I got older and reached high school autumn became like a safe zone to me, you see I got bullied a lot at high school and it normally took part in the warmer weather, the cool kids could brake the rules unbutton their shirt roll up their skirt and basically be skanks of the year, but me I was more interested in music and my science grades, this stuck a big red target around my face for bullies, however in the winter I could hide I baggy school jumpers and the mountain of school books we all had to carry around because of the start of term, and I loved it. Every second I wasn’t seen was amazing, and the only time I felt safe was around the music block with my friends, who were also outcasts and freaks.
I also did have friends that I kind of tag as the “wannabies” and that’s because even though they weren’t freaks or “alternative” they definitely weren’t popular, they all wore makeup and carried around the lasted and greatest but the big difference was we didn’t have the luxury of running to mummy and daddy for whatever we wanted because they simply didn’t have the money, even thought they had the latest phone at the time (the blackberry) and the cutest bag from Paul’s boutique they still weren’t popular enough. So “wannabies”, these guys where the guys when at the age of 13 or 14 I tried to steal with, yes I got caught and yes I wont ever be doing that again but I will admit that my ordeal took part in you guessed it in autumn and you may be wondering why I love this fact and it’s because It scared me enough to never brake the law again. That was the day I promised myself that my job came before high school friends.
Now I’m older and have my own children I’ve learnt to appreciate all seasons but I’ve taken a love for Halloween and bonfire night, I love the fact that they’re both holidays that require no presents but just need to dress up have a good night with good company and good food and I love it, it’s good entertainment and an amazing atmosphere. Everything is fresh and clean and bright and beautiful, and you can wrap up so warm and snuggle next to your partner with a fat cup of hot- chocolate and snuggle the night away. Autumn is perfect.