If you asked me what my favorite season is, I would answer without hesitation. I love fall.
As vacation-rich as teachers seem to be, our time off is rarely self-determined. Even so, every year I promise myself that I will find some time to enjoy the glories of autumn. It usually turns out that such a vow is just as realistic as elves and reindeer going to the islands for Christmas.
This year health, family, and friends have forced me to take some days off from school, and rather than look at the circumstances as gigantic inconveniences, I can't help but embrace them for giving me what I have wished for for years: blue skies, mountain air, fall foliage, a happy dog, fresh-picked apples, kettle corn, a fire in the fireplace, and time to enjoy it all.