October is, by far, my favorite month of the year. Of all of the autumn months, it’s the one that feels most like autumn—the most like home. Scarves and boots and crunchy leaves. Wild winds and flannel and soft sweaters. Taylor Swift’s Red album on a never-ending loop. The weather has (for the most part) cooled down, the air is crisp, pumpkin spice everything is back in stock… And there’s the way sunlight shines through the changing trees at any time of day, but especially in the early morning and evening skies when it sets the leaves on fire, that just warms my soul.
This year, I spent nearly every October weekend traveling somewhere through New York or New England. I hadn’t quite planned it that way, but most of my weeks ended with visits to friends that were filled with belly-aching laughter and unforgettable things.
“In October, any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” – Elizabeth George Speare
There was an unexpectedly short trip to Boston with rainy weather and curious squirrels and mac & cheese pizza and a cousin reunion and two of the very best friends. There was apple picking and sunshine and climbing trees. There was a car ride with a happy dog and picking pumpkins and fresh apple cider donuts by the dozen. There was 11 hours in the car on a Friday and so many fiery, golden trees and matching dinosaur tattoos and a full moon rise over a lilac sky. There was a homecoming reunion and Halloweentown and naps on couches and a speakeasy and long walks around my old campus. There was a windy and windy drive upstate and a questionable gas station off exit 98 and too much laughing and a family dinner and singing on the back porch in the middle of the night.
All of the wonderful and unexpected things I could have ever imagined have filled these past few weeks and given me so much gratitude—for this month, these people, this life. There is room for more though.
There will still be pumpkin carving and hikes in the woods and marveling at the leaves and hot coffee and pumpkin bread and cozy blankets and scary movies and soft music and glowing candles. But, for now, I just want to say… Thank you, October.