I don’t pretend to be different from anyone else, especially when it comes to my love for autumn.
And guess what? It’s October. It’s October!
Though we all know autumn officially started last week, I’m sure I can get some of you to agree that nothing says autumn more than October. Well, at least here in the northern hemisphere, that is. If M. and I ever get assigned to a post south of the equator, you may find me writing this very same post about April… but I digress.
For most of my life, October has been the month of changing leaves, earlier sunsets, pumpkins, and candy corn. It’s also the month of crisp morning runs and the unofficial start to autumn marathon season. I usually spend eleven months anticipating the splendor of October, and this year has been no different. In fact, this October is particularly special because last year at this time in Matamoros, we were in the midst of what still felt very much like the peak of summer. By contrast, I awoke this morning to light rain and a cool breeze. Yellow and orange leaves dotted the trail as Frieda and I took our first October run together. She pulled me the entire way, spotting squirrels in the trees and stopping occasionally to shake the water off her coat. Clearly, she, too, was excited for the start of October.
Another thing that makes today special for me is the creation of my new (and hopefully improved) blog. I have spent the last few weeks building this new space, moving the content from my original blog, and expanding the site by incorporating a greater variety of photos, stories, and resources: a section on food to include recipes and highlight some of our favorite meals from around the world; a section on running to share some of my favorite running spots, races, and workouts; and a travel section which will include photo galleries and anecdotes from places near and far. Although the new blog is still very much a work in progress, and some pieces are not quite ready for presentation, today seemed fitting to share it, because for me, October 1st is the start of my favorite time of year.
To those of you who have been loyal readers of my blog, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support. If you are stopping by for the first time, thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope you will come back again soon and I welcome your honest feedback as I continue to work on the site.
Meanwhile, what about you? What is your favorite thing about autumn?
I wish you a happy October, complete with colorful leaves, crisp mornings, pumpkins and candy corn.
Thank you for reading!