Signs of Autumn


After months of hot weather and before people start freezing from the snow of the harsh winter, there is a subtle change in weather. The subtle change usually indicates the start of fall. The colors, smells, and smiles are contagious. There’s a satisfaction of crunching the fallen leaves, drinking hot apple cider, and the brisk cool temperature that makes many people feel happiness about autumn. Flavors of pumpkin and apples appear everywhere in the blink of an eye. Turns out, there is a scientific reason behind why it’s so easy to fall in love with autumn and its stereotypes. The connotation of the word “fall” brings a lot of joy because of everything that surround the time of year. Emma Delisle, a tenth grader at Lincoln High School, shows that there are certain traditions that come to mind around the start of the season,”I like fall because of pumpkin foods, Halloween, flannel weather, and apple picking.” Sociology confirms that the childhood memories and associations are the start of the reason why fall is such a popular season. For school students, fall is like a start of something new. When the school year starts, it starts to excite people for the upcoming holidays and a chance at new beginning. Even though many adults don’t receive the enjoyment of a summer break, adults still carry the excitement because it’s a pattern that they have know for so long. As much as fall fanatics don’t want to admit it, fall does have some negative side effects that come with it as well. The sun goes down earlier, allergies seem to be unavoidable, and it signals the beginning of a cold winter that always lasts longer than it should. To most, the happiness that fall brings to a lot of people can overpower the negative associations. Before we jump into weather where walking outside means being greeted with a gigantic snow bank, it would be a great idea to enjoy fall while it lasts. There’s a lot to like and appreciate about autumn in New England, and science proves it.