I love this time of year.
Hot summer days, cooler nights. The subtle shift feels cozy.
As a kid, I loved back to school shopping – getting a new outfit and new runners. I love the the anticipation of a new school year and being able to spend time with friends.
When I was homeschooling my kids, I loved knowing all our favorite places would empty out soon. The first weeks of September, with everyone back at school, were the best for going to the mountains, visiting the zoo, going to museums, and playgrounds. We felt like these places belonged to us.
I continue to love new pens and notebooks (10 cent notebooks are back, FYI). I love the possibility of an empty notebook and new pen. The adventures to come, the characters I have not yet met, the journeys we will take together as the daylight trades hours with the darkness.
I love harvesting our garden and a return to root vegetables. I love autumn boots and light sweaters. A cozy cup of tea and new projects cast-on my knitting needles.
There is an ease I feel this time of year. Enjoying the seasons and being present with change.