It’s Not That Time of the Year Without… #WordsMatter

Oct 5, 2019 | Hell's Little Paving Stones, Humor

It’s not that time of the year without…

I know, I know. But that’s such a cliché, isn’t it? I know what you expect me to say, so I’m doubly determined not to. It’s not any time of the year without my stubbornness.

But it niggles at the back of your brain like the scratch on your Daddy’s old 45rpm, doesn’t it? Pop, pop, pop, hissssss, pop, pop, pump–nope, not today.

I know, there’s so much clove oil and nutmeg oozing through your thoughts you’re hallucinating lattes and dying to try it (on the sly, of course – shopping where none of your friends will see you) in Spam.

What springs to mind, first, for me, is a cool, crisp, September day. New clothes in autumn colors – the colors of Nature’s last hurrah before pulling up a blanket of snow and crawling under the covers for a dirt nap. The grass sparkles with frosted dewdrops, already evaporating as the the first light of dawn brushes a rosy kiss across the lawn. It is the mingled smells of the classroom: decades of gym sweat, a fresh dab of paint here and there, crayons, freshly-sharpened #2 pencils, non-toxic mint paste that comes with its own spoon.

It’s just a matter of time before mint gives way to cinnamon and ginger. I can’t be the first to think up that nefarious idea.

It’s not that time of year without construction paper and scissors. Orange Jack-o-Lanterns with black triangles and toothy grins. Brown cornucopia stuffed with fruit cut from the pages of Mom’s Good Housekeeping magazine. Hand-print turkeys with feathers in every color, decorated with seeds and beads and a sprinkling of glitter.

Allspice makes everything nice…except for all the things it doesn’t.

I think of hot chocolate with tiny, crisp marshmallows, like boring versions of the ones that come in Lucky Charms cereal. If Lucky Charms were chocolate, it would be called Count Chocula, and it would turn boring milk brownish gray, but disappointingly not very chocolate-y. Nostalgic parents would buy it, just to show their kids how good kids have got it, today, and make them long for their Honey Nut Cheerios.

It’s not that time of the year without ice cold, tart, apple cider and a pile of crunchy fall leaves to jump into. Except that it is, if you live in the tropics, where fall leaves are a figment of an overactive imagination, and raking large leaf piles take too much work to leap into them and start all over again.

And there you have it – the seasons change, whether we’re ready or not. They change, and time marches relentlessly on, leaving us in its wake, longing for the time of eggnog and sugar cookies, shopping-mall fisticuffs and off-key carol-singing wafting through the chilly air. Think it all you want, but if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Bring me back a strong, black cup of French Market coffee with a thick swirl of heavy cream, will you?


The prompt for this month is ‘It’s not that time of the year without….’. I received this tag from Shubra, who wrote THE 4 F’S #WORDSMATTER. I am happy to pass it along, next, to our favorite ObsessiveMom.  There are nearly 40 of us on this Blog Hop and it will be spread over 3 days – 4, 5, 6 October  2019. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop and prepare to be pleasantly surprised! 

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.

17 Comments

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    I’ve almost abandoned seasons by moving to California. Yes, it’s hotter in the summer – and we swim in the outdoor pool. Yes it rains some in the winter, but, for someone who’s lived in NJ for 37 years, it is nothing.

    I really like it. I was born in Southern California, and grew up in Mexico City, which has a similar climate, and I think I imprinted on having long runs of nice days.

    No pumpkin spice for me. It isn’t necessary.

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  2. Corinne Rodrigues

    Haha.. clever! Our country is abuzz with the festival of Dusherra which has a 9 night lead up complete with dance and prayers. Celebrated in a variety of ways across the country, it’s difficult not to swept into the festivities.

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  3. Obsessivemom

    What a wonderful time of the year this is. Love the images of fun and feasting in your post. It’s a somewhat similar time here in India too with the festival season setting in. There’s lots of colour and music and dance along with fasting and of course feasting. it’s the best.
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  4. Shubhra Rastogi

    This indeed is a good time of the year. Here we are prepping up for the many festivals which have started and shall be there till December. #WordsMatter

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  5. Unishta

    After having visited the US in all four seasons now, I know exactly how wonderful the autumn can be. We too have a slight change in weather with a barely perceptible change in weather. But it does mean a change in diet with winter vegetables flooding the market
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    • Holly Jahangiri

      Good point! At least we get to enjoy the bounty of others’ variable seasons! Four seasons in the produce section!

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  6. Mahati ramya adivishnu

    Oh yeah, time changes quickly. I would love to jump on a pile of fallen leaves now after reading your post. Fun 🙂

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  7. Jyothi Nair

    Festivals and Festivities everywhere! Nature plays along or have we built our traditions around our nature and its many moods? I enjoyed going through the many moods of this post. It’s not too early for wishing Season’s Greetings right?

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  8. Rajlakshmi

    Your style of writing is so beautiful. Such pretty pictures you have painted with your words, almost lyrical. Enjoyed reading your post.

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    • Holly Jahangiri

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy it. I’m sorry for the late reply; I’ve been visiting family and playing post-vacation “catch-up” at work.

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  9. Sunita Saldhana

    I always look forward to your posts. Because I never know what to expect. Enjoyed reading this one too.

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    • Holly Jahangiri

      😊 That makes me happy. Not knowing what to expect has always been touted as a no-no in the blogging world, but this is my little space and I jokingly set out, years ago, to dominate the “No-Niche Niche.” I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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  10. Balaka Basu

    I feel hungry after reading your post. So much of food..slurpppp!!!! yummy!!

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    • Holly Jahangiri

      Hahahah… wait till I start posting holiday cookies and “Pinterest-fail” type gingerbread shacks!

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  11. Parul Thakur

    I loved your post. It’s honest and makes me long for changing seasons. Bangalore, the city I live is almost the same all the year round with slight changes. But it is not as it is say in the north of India. Food, I agree is best as had for each season. Makes it much better.
    Holly, thank you for joining #WordsMatter. Looking forward to seeing you the next edition.
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  12. Keiran Potter

    Really enjoyed reading this post. I find the changing of the seasons a bit overwhelming sometimes. Especially as I am getting older. It’s just a reminder of how quick time goes, how much has finished but also how much there is still to do. All of the things that you mentioned here, are things I should actively try and appreciate, before they disappear for another year. Thanks for a lovely post!
    Best,
    Keiran
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