Summer is coming to a close. Gone will be the long, hot days of sundresses, rosé, and afternoons at the beach, to which I say... HURRAH! GOOD RIDDANCE. KEEP YOUR STUPID SUMMER. With all of it's sweat stains and bugs and sunburns and sand that creeps into crevices of your body you didn't know existed, summer is a brutal, cruel, overrated season. Its only redeeming quality, as far as I'm concerned, is that it precedes the most magical, wonderful time of year: fall.
Whereas summer is uncomfortably bright and hot and itchy, fall is a time of coziness. It's the season of soft flannel and worn-in jeans; hot chocolate and cider in oversized mugs; crunchy, orange leaves and rainy days spent under warm blankets. It's the season of Halloween and Thanksgiving and all things pumpkin-flavored.
Look, I'm not saying it's perfect. Is fall weather impossible to predict? Sure. Is Thanksgiving often ruined by having to field questions about your career and love life from distant relatives who smell like mothballs? Yes. Is apple-picking only really fun for the first ten minutes and by the end you're like "What on earth am I supposed to do with all of these apples? I don't even like apples that much"? Always! But when you're in your comfiest sweater on a crisp, cool day, watching the leaves turn yellow, and carefully planning your Halloween costume, none of that matters.
With that in mind, here are some memes you'll only appreciate if you're too excited for the fall.
You are a proud pumpkin-head
While your friends are complaining about the end of summer (or as I call it, the armpit of seasons) you've been over here organizing your collection of turtlenecks, unpacking your transitional fall jackets, and trying to find a hairstyle that conveys to people that you spend a lot of time in used book stores and listening to Bon Iver.
You update your beverages accordingly
Rosé season was great while it lasted. It made day-drinking seem socially acceptable, and our beverages matched all of our millennial pink clothes, accessories, makeup, etc. But admit it, by the end of the season all of the pink wines seemed to blend together, and you were kind of sick of them. Fortunately, fall has its own set of drinks, from bold red wines to sip while burrowed into your couch, to warm apple cider you can enjoy on a crisp afternoon stroll.
You're extremely done with summer critters
Summer is all about the outdoors -- picnics, beach days, camping. But you know who loves summer even more than you? Bugs. They're everywhere. And because our summer clothes don't always offer full coverage, more often than not those bugs end up on our bodies. But by fall, the bugs have retreated, and we can wander around and enjoy nature without having to worry about being eaten alive.
You know the reason for the season
In addition to tasting like a hug, there are scientific reasons behind our national obsession with PSLs. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are taste enhancers. "This is a real treat to the tastebuds," says Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News Health and Nutrition Editor.
Plus, many people tend to associate these flavors with happy times, like Thanksgiving, carving pumpkins, or other fall rituals. When we sip on a PSL, the flavor triggers those memories, and we feel content. Plus, did I mention that they taste like hugs?
And you are well aware how basic it is
Is your clothing of choice a North Face fleece, leggings, and Uggs. Are you knowledgeable and passionate about Taylor Swift's discography? Do you love PSLs and "margs"? You do you, friend. Embrace that basic life.
For true fall-heads, Halloween isn't just a costume party - it's a mentality, a state of existence, a way to move through the world, constantly alert to what could make the perfect costume this year. You want something current and recognizable, but not too mainstream (remember how like, everyone was Ken Bone last year) and you tend to look down on people whose costume leans too heavily on a pun ("This sign says 'I love ceilings' because I'm a ceiling fan. Get it?")