1. It's dark at bedtime happened
2. Back-to-School happened
3. Pumpkin spice happened
I think you'll agree that these three things are the true MN harbingers of the big F.
Here's the blow-by-blow of our autumnal transition...
Like bears, our children eat ravenously all summer and never rest. It really makes parenting a daunting and sweaty challenge--kind of like trying to watch an episode of Game of Thrones with your pastor. The seemingly endless daylight and searing sun of our beautiful sub-arctic location only adds to the fun. As Fall (and coincidentally school) approaches, something in the cerebral cortex of the child alerts the body to become as sleepy and slow as a blind one-eyed dog on opiates (sorry, Skeeter). Enter: early sunset. The fun continues for 8 more months.
While almost the entire planet returned to school in August, St. Paul Public schoolchildren were allowed an average of two extra weeks to stay on the farm and help Pa bring in the soybeans. I hope you enjoy your Silk Soy Holiday Nog or Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte (with Pumpkin Spice Oreos...or?) when the Minneapolitan kids beat out our little St. Paulites for jobs in about 2027 (or later if Toe goes to grad school). The reckoning shall come.
Despite multiple reports of being "nervous-cited" about returning to the grind, the first day of school went well for Toe (who reported he not only introduced himself to this year's new school principal, but also lured said individual to a private lunch meeting to "talk about all the stuff that is not good at this school"). Roo exceeded his school library item check-out limit in the first three hours. So, all in all, things in our little world have smoothly leveled out to normal.
The only thing I can say here is I have never understood those who would taint the perfection of coffee with stewed gourds. Nowadays you can replace the word coffee in that sentence with just about anything from M & Ms to dog food.
Enjoy your sprinkle of cinnamon and a survey: