Fall fanatics

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While the thought of pumpkin spice mac and cheese is gross, I will be having to try it shortly.

Taylor Thompson, Staff Writer

With the start of fall, comes the start of people obsessing over warm colors and pumpkins. September 22nd marked the first day of fall this year, and people were already prepared for the autumnal festivities. Front porches decorated with pumpkins and fake colored leaves. The smell of cinnamon becoming utterly more common. All of the things that come to honor a season that doesn’t even happen in Florida.

I never truly understood people’s obsession with fall. Living in Florida my whole life, I’ve never actually seen the trees change and the weather is hot all the way through December. There is no fall, at least in the traditional aspects, and there is barely a winter. I would see people posting fall things on the internet, but I would never really understand what all the fuss was about. But I guess that’s because I never got to experience it for myself. While Florida has its perks, I’d say the trees not changing is its biggest downfall. Sure, snow is pretty, but shoveling is hard. And it gets really hot, but we have beaches to cool off. However, the trees changing color has no downfall to it. Here, the leaves simply turn brown and fall off. There aren’t trees with many shades of oranges, reds and yellows, only half green half brown trees covered in moss. This is the one thing that I believe Florida natives truly miss out on and something that people in other areas of the country take for granted.

The trees changing color and the slightly cooler weather, in my opinion would be the greatest about fall. However, there are many people throughout the country, that wait all year for one thing: pumpkin spice. Lattes, cookies, candles, and even some strange things as well; there was once pumpkin spice ham and Kraft just released pumpkin spice mac and cheese.  During the latter half of the year, pumpkin spice flavored or scented things can be found in almost any stores. The pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks was revolutionary for the craze. It is this drink (or other pumpkin spice coffees) that people wait months for every year. The longing for this drink has led to the creation of pumpkin spice in almost anything you can think of. And just when you think the craze is dying out, the pumpkin spice drinks come out and everyone is talking about them again. The coming of fall, to me, brings the excitement of upcoming holidays, not too much the coming of the season itself.