Fall has faded

Fall has faded

I hear a lot of Ohioans talking about their love of fall. I’m one of them.

The idea of fall is a lovely one. As the fantasy goes, the temperature is cool but comfortable and the leaves are in full color. Disheveled piles of raked leaves make perfect play areas for kids, and the sky is a golden haze when the sun sets.

These days do exist. The photo above was taken on a fall day like this. Unfortunately, it was the last beautiful fall day of the year.

In reality, fall is a fleeting season in this area. If we’re truly lucky, the conditions may be favorable for a week, maybe two, but almost never more than that. Invariably the weather turns harsh sooner than it should, and boom. We’re in for an eternity of cold, grey winter.

Thanks to the edges of hurricane Sandy, the remaining leaves on our trees have been stripped. It is painfully cold, and we have snow on the ground. Can I get a bah humbug?

Fall has faded, but it could be worse. So, so much worse. Here’s to hoping that the people truly on the front lines of hurricane Sandy are able to pick up the pieces and return to some semblance of a normal life soon.

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