Falling leaves and falling in love
Back-to-school doesn’t have to be all about studying
By Shelby Dechant, Contributor
Summer has come to a close and the realization that there will be no more roof top patio nights or outdoor barbeques is beginning to settle in. The carefree attitudes of the warm months are now being replaced with new course schedules, textbook prices, and the dread of future exams. This is a sure sign that fall has indeed arrived.
But fall isn’t all bad. The beautiful colors and the return of beanies slightly outweighs the back to school grind. But the beauty of fall isn’t only in the orange and red hues of the leaves painting the ground. With fall comes new beginnings – holidays end, school resumes, and sun dresses are traded in for new boots. Margarita Monday in 30 C weather may be no more, but mulled cider around the fire is in full effect.
There’s something romantic about autumn. Whether it’s the cold cuddling weather or the picturesque nature around us is a mystery to me, but I know that when I see the trees beginning to change I can’t help but to turn into a hopeless romantic.
From June to August is the time for wild summer romances. Lovers who are only in town for a couple months or the one from Seattle you meet at a music festival prove to be the perfect addition to your summer plans. These relationships are fun and fast, but they’re reserved strictly for the warmer months. On the other hand, fall has a way of making you consider actually going on that Tinder date with that really promising person. A switch seems to flip, instead of looking for the someone your dad would not approve of, you are looking for someone to binge watch romantic movies with on gloomy Saturday afternoons. And of course to take cute Instagram pictures with at the pumpkin patch in October. Instead of a fast fiery romance, heartfelt and committment become very appealing.
The enormous crowds of students that flock back to the city in September seem to only add fuel to this burning desire of finding a lover. For me, during the first few weeks back on campus I have the constant urge to scan the hallways for potential boyfriends. Schoolwork, lectures and readings find their spot on the back burner.
Pulling my knit sweaters and pea coats to the front of my closet, I can’t help but daydream about strolling through a park hand in hand with a mysterious handsome man – the sound of fallen leaves crunching under our feet as we plan whose parents’ house we’ll be spending Thanksgiving at.
The point is, fall has arrived and so has relationship season. Sharing a season as beautiful as Autumn with someone is a wonderful thing. Embrace it if you are are looking for a special person to plan a witty Halloween costume with. Here’s to hoping that as the leaves begin to fall you will too.