A Writer's 21st Century Memoir.

Fall And The Basic Girl

fall or autumn boots and dry leavesI could feel the beads of sweat forming at the base of my hairline. I tried my hardest to subtly dab the evidence of my beginning stages of heat stroke with the sleeves of my cute light-pink sweater that I was wearing in 80-degree weather.

I didn’t want to submit to the rational thought of removing my article of autumn attire. It was now September, and in my head, that meant it was fall. Therefore, I had to jump head first into the shallow end of all the fall-like things.

I didn’t realize that admiring the season of autumn was a “basic chick” thing until the marketing genius at Starbucks headquarters made it socially acceptable to only consume pumpkin-flavored food and drink for three months out of the year.

As the rest of the world of sales and marketing caught on to the profitable trend of chasing the ribbed orange squash, it also became socially acceptable to mock everyone who purchased the peculiar vegetable-flavored items.

My introduction to the term, “basic bitch,” had been thrown in my direction as I changed my attire from shorts and a T-shirt to knitted sweaters and tall faux-leather boots over dark-washed jeans in the same sunny Southern Californian weather. However, I proudly owned it.

I didn’t mind if I was widely and publicly mocked for something that genuinely made me happy. The sound of the crunch from the brilliant bright yellows, deep reds, and rich browns of the falling foliage always brought me back to my childhood. It was the season that housed my birthday, it marked the beginning of a series of different holidays from various religions and cultures that bring people together, and it forever holds the symbol of change and promise for new growth.

With that, I proudly identify as a basic bitch that enjoys the many simple yet warm and wonderful new and old traditions associated with fall.

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3 responses

  1. I too am excited for fall, I cleaned out my closet of almost every summer item and replaced it with fall clothes I haven’t worn yet but I think a couple more weeks and I can break them out. I’m so ready for sweaters and light jackets and scarves. I hope one day I move somewhere where it’s already cool in September. I love Fall and Winter and wouldn’t mind one bit if they lingered.

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    September 19, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    • I wouldn’t mind if Fall and Winter lingered either. I’m ready for all of the scarves, cute sweaters, and beanies!

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      September 19, 2018 at 8:13 AM

      • Ugh, now I have envy of people in other states who as we speak are walking along tree lined sidewalks with color all around them as they wind their scarves a little tighter around their necks and pull up their collars. As I sit here in the office in a pink summer dress :/ bring on the fall weather!

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        September 19, 2018 at 8:33 AM

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