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Autumn — it’s worth the sneezing

September 28, 2018

Autumn is undoubtedly a beautiful season, especially in New Mexico. Even the word “autumn” sounds elegantly special. With the leaves changing into gorgeous reds, oranges and golden yellows, everyone can expect their Instagram feeds to be filled with vibrant colors. Hiking and photography are especially welcome activities around this time — the sunlight almost seems extra golden and offers a beautiful contrast to New Mexico’s azure skies. And seeing those fall colors set against our already majestic mountains, forests and sunsets never ceases to amaze me.

Autumn also marks the start of allergies. So it’s hard to enjoy such enchanting surroundings when sneezing every five seconds.

That sums up the good and the bad about autumn. It is that time of year when everyone is either melting or freezing. The sheer unpredictability of the fall climate is almost disorienting. Snow doesn’t usually come until late November (if at all), the monsoons end in late September, and Northern New Mexico alternates between its arid daytime climate and blustery nights.

Some may argue that autumn is the coziest month. You know — fuzzy socks and campfires and hot chocolate — all a pleasant contrast to the brisk air. But for half of autumn, it is far too hot to even consider hot chocolate, let alone fuzzy socks and campfires. Winter is a far better season for all those comforts, and with the promise of winter break, Christmas and even snow, winter is clearly far cozier.

Every season has a seasonal flavor. For summer, it’s watermelon, pineapple and lemonade. Spring is cherries, oranges and strawberries. Winter is peppermint. Fall is pumpkin, and its prevalence is almost overwhelming: There are pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-scented candles and even pumpkin-themed Halloween costumes. In fall, pumpkins dominate my life.

But autumn can bring you closer to people you love. It’s a good season for that. While I would never even consider having a sip of something pumpkin-flavored, spending time with my friends and family amid the fall colors, the smell of a campfire and the crisp evening air make autumn worth the midday heat, the piles of used Kleenex and constant sneezing.

Niveditha Bala is a sophomore at Mandela International Magnet School. Contact her at niveditha.bala@mandelainternationalschool.us.

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