Let’s hold off on the pumpkin spice

Though August left as quickly as it came, summer’s presence is still very much in the air. 

I think this week’s 90 degree days prove my point, and I hope you’re all keeping hydrated. But now that the official first day of fall is nearing, I think it’s time we had ourselves a sit-down and discussed a topic that’s definitely love or hate.      

Guys, we need to talk about pumpkin spice.  

I don’t know if this is a phenomenon that’s hit other countries, or if this is purely an American thing. Once September rears its head people are flipping tables over pumpkin spice. Every boutique page I follow is littered with pumpkin-themed shirts that read something like “Pumpkin Spice is Life”, and my Facebook feed is drowning in recipes for pumpkin spice cupcakes, donuts and any other kind of dessert that would taste completely fine without a pumpkin-flavored addition. 

Pumpkin spice has become the unofficial official representation of fall, and it’s not going anywhere.

I don’t take issue with pumpkin spice itself. Actually, I enjoy it; some of the best cookies I’ve had were cream cheese pumpkin spice cookies, and I think they went really well with a cup of coffee. My problem is that I’ve been seeing pumpkin spice (and other fall paraphernalia) since mid-July.

When I saw the first pumpkin spice post on my timeline, not even two weeks out of my early-July birthday, I was taken aback. I still had smoke bombs and Roman candles to shoot off. How was I seeing this, and why were people thinking about fall when summer had barely begun a month prior? 

I think a lot of us have gotten into the habit of living from big moment to big moment with little regard for pausing and appreciating the present. Holidays are usually markers for these moments, and it’s common for us to get excited and begin countdowns months in advance. Instead of countdowns, maybe we should slow down and focus on the now.

My two cents? Enjoy every season of life as it comes to the fullest extent. Allen Saunders had it right when he said life is what happens while you are busy making plans. 

Let’s put away the pumpkin spice, but only for a little while longer. We’ve got a long, hot week ahead of us, so let’s soak in the last of summer’s rays while we can. 

You’ll think warmly of these days when it’s mid-February and we’re three feet deep in snow, ice and that odd gray slush that never seems to go away. 

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