Southside Virginia ushers in the Fall season

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: October 9, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.

VIRGINIA – After an extremely hot, humid, and very wet summer, many Central Virginia residents are really looking forward to the approaching fall, along with all those things that come with the season. The approaching fall means so many different things to people, so we decided to hit the streets and find out just what it is about the fall season that people love and look forward to each year.

Katrice Reed, the employee at Sussex High, loves the changing colors of the leaves, and the fall smells. “I love the different scented candles you can only get during the fall season.”

Sabrina Dunn, DeWitt, server at Texas Roadhouse, said that she, “loves the cooler weather and the colors.” She expressed her love of the colors in two ways. “I love the changing colors of the leaves, and the really cool darker colors you can wear in the fall.” Perhaps something of a fashionista?

Donna Watson, Charles City, loves the fall smells. “I love the smell of bonfires burning, the smell of pumpkin everything, and the fresh smell of the fall air. I love the cooler temperatures, and that slight nip in the air. I love the noise the birds make—thousands of them—when they stop in my yard to rest during their migration. I really love the singing—everyone sings more during the fall and the holidays. Most especially, I like the feeling of getting closer and closer to Christmas—my favorite time of year.”

“I just love the cooler weather, changing of the leaves, and the fact that it gets lighter earlier in the morning,” said Doris McLean, Sutherland. “I also love Halloween, and the approaching of the best family and food holidays of the year–Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

“After the really long wait, I love the beginning of the oyster season every fall,” said Tempie (Sissy) Hays, Prince George. “I also love the different smell to the air, the cooler weather, and the sound and sight of geese flying south. I also love the entire family coming together for the holidays. Oh, and I really like the fact that you don’t have to cut grass anymore, and those big really soft fuzzy-wuzzy caterpillars you only see in the fall.”

Hannah Collins of Hopewell, formerly of Prince George, a post-grad college student, had quite the long-winded response; but her answer is beautiful, eloquent, and thought-provoking. “Autumn is my favorite season! It’s difficult to pick my favorite aspect of the Fall—there are many, including shopping for school supplies, voting in elections (midterms this year!), a wider availability of hot beverages and soups, and weather cool enough for jackets and sweaters, but my favorite aspect of Fall is probably Halloween. I’ve said before that if I could, I would decorate my home like the Halloween aisle at Michael’s year-round. Halloween is a fun and creative holiday that carries strange and intriguing lore along with it. I like to get together with my friends for costume parties, watch classic Halloween movies, and carve pumpkins. I’m not a big haunted house person and don’t really like to be scared, but I do like the more whimsical aspect of the holiday. Walking into Halloween costume stores and any other store with decorations really makes me excited for the season. It seems to confirm that there is a sort of magic stirring in the air. So goes the witches’ chant from Macbeth: “By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes!” Wow, who knew Halloween could be so cool and mean so much?

Jerry Worley, resident of Sutherland, loves, “fall days in the mountains.” Worley also loves, “the fall apple harvest and festivals, changing of the leaves, the Urbanna Oyster Festival, cooler air, the end of grass-cutting for the year, backyard bonfires, occasional fires in the fireplace, and the approaching family holidays.”

What common threads kept recurring in these and other answers when Central Virginians were asked what they loved best about fall? Almost without exception, most of the answers pertained to the five senses, smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch/feel; and how they related to people’s special memories of the fall. 

The smell of fall-scented candles, fresh air, and pumpkin everything. The taste of fresh fall apples, special holiday food, and pumpkin anything. The sights of changing leaves, geese migrating south with moonlight on their wings, and pumpkins. The sounds of blustery winds, thousands of migrating birds that stop to rest in your yard, and singing—joyous singing. Last but not least, the sense of feel. The feel of that slight nip in the air, crunching leaves, or fuzzy-wuzzy caterpillars.

Fall seems to bring up so many feelings for all of us, but the greatest of all these feelings is family—and the approaching holidays when we tend to spend more time with our families. 

Everyone have a Blessed Fall, and for goodness sakes, get a pumpkin!

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