By Hannah Wolpe
This article is exclusive to the online Edition 2 (Wrap Edition) of VARSITY Newspaper.
We may feel like South African Autumn is unexceptional compared to the popular “American Fall”, featuring Pumpkin Spice Lattes, apple bobbing, and Halloween that people seem to go mad over. However, Autumn here has many aspects that help make it special in its own way.
1. The insect kingdom retreats into hibernation: mosquitoes are finally allowing us to get some decent sleep, the nuisance-factor of flies is reduced, and our pets are getting some relief from the fleas.
2. The cold weather lets you off the hook from the pressure to go out every night, and instead treat yourself to your favourite show, go on a YouTube video binge, or put some solid work into that essay you’ve been avoiding.
3. Pockets are aplenty. Pockets are such simple things, but so often lacking in ladies’ warm-weather clothing. The simple act of being able reach into your pocket for your phone or lip ice instead of rummaging through your backpack may seem insignificant, but it adds up to a ton of saved time and effort.
4. The nippy Autumn air will ensure that you’re feeling alive when forcing yourself to get to that 8am class. Plus, you no longer collapse into your lectures seat looking like you’ve just finished a 5km race after trekking up the hill from where you managed to find parking.
5. Everything seems to become more colourful, from the trees on campus to the breath-taking sunsets and sunrises (which may become a common sight for those 8am-lecture students).
6. Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get into your tracksuit pants and fluffy socks and have some old-fashioned quality time with those you love. Sitting in front of a crackling fire with a pet dozing at your side is a feeling that’s difficult to beat.
7. Carrying a flask of hot coffee or tea everywhere is now normal. You will no longer get weird looks when you decide to order a large hot chocolate in the middle of the day.
8. Summer salads get replaced with your favourite comfort foods like pasta, pizza, and malva pudding. Indulging in a hearty meal while the wind roars outside can make you feel at peace with the world. And who cares whether you put on a kilogram or two? It’s not like you’ll be baring your legs or stomach to the public any time soon.
9. Forgot to do the laundry and can’t find a decent shirt to wear? Doesn’t matter, just throw on your favourite hoody and nobody will be any wiser. Boots and thick socks are now a staple, which helps make those walks across campus just a little less agonising.
10. And most importantly, this Autumn comes with the huge hope for rainfall that will ensure Day Zero is indeed avoided. Hopefully, seeing the rugby field gain back some of its original colour and the dam levels rise will provide further incentive to keep using water sparingly and not to use it as if there isn’t still (unfortunately) a water crisis.