In the forums, we’ve been discussing favorite holiday traditions, but since October only just began, I thought it would be fun to talk fall. That’s right — it’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers! Do you all have favorite fall traditions and activities or events you look forward to every year? I have a few…
Every Friday of October, I have a song I sing to/about our cats, Miles and Simone. It started by chance about, I don’t, eight or nine years ago, when I dressed them up in some kitty wigs my sister sent them. They looked so cute that they inspired a song, the lyrics of which go: “Miles and Simone looking really cute, looking really cute, looking really cute. Miles and Simone looking really cute on this Friday night in October.” I only sing it on Friday nights. In October. Obviously. I seriously look forward to this every year, and now that Simone is 18 (and Miles is a not-so-spry 12), I’m very grateful for another chance to sing my big hit.
Every October, Drew watches baseball’s post-season, which I pretend is annoying (and, ok, sometimes it really is), but mostly I look forward to this traditional marking of time, his excitement, and the pumpkin beers he brings home to keep me happy.
I usually buy a new pair of boots in the fall, which I often spend weeks searching for. As a New Yorker, I often walk up to five miles a day, and my boots get lots of wear in the winter. I resole the better-quality boots (like my Fryes), and replace the ones that have bitten the dust. This year I’m in the market for some flat black ankle boots (maybe these!).
Last year we started what I think might become a new family tradition now that the kids aren’t babies anymore: early on Thanksgiving morning we subway into midtown and, from the comfort of Drew’s office in 30 Rock, we watch the Macy’s parade. We have a great view, easy access to the bathroom, and the ability to quickly run out to 6th avenue and wave to Santa as he rides by. It’s pretty excellent.
What about you? What fall traditions do you look forward to?