October 20, 2003





Do you have any autumn rituals?

I always try to do a foliage drive. This year I went all the way from Maryland to Vermont.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

Thinking about raking leaves and clearing out the garden. I wish I had time to do them.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

I do my winterizing chores and nag my husband about doing his. Local cider and heirloom apples are available down the road at the farm stand. I admire the fall foliage and the morning mists and impudence of hybrid marigolds that survive frost. I glory in the end of flea season.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

Drives down country roads.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

Just pulling out the skis, and hoping that winter comes quickly.

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

I like the smell of the leaves and need to get some mums and pumpkins for outside. I put up orange lights and leaves around the outside door. I put up orange and black lanterns around the bay window inside. Yankee candle pumpkin burning. I do the elaborate carvings on the pumpkins and roast the pumpkin seeds in lots of butter and salt. Yum!

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

When I was a little girl, mom would pile my brother and I into her car and we would take off for rural roads to spot the beautiful changing leaves. Mom's favorite trees were the bright red sugar maples. It was like fireworks in the daytime. I still go for drives looking at the beautiful trees.

Cindy, 41

Nothing besides putting summer clothes away for the season and figuring out what still fits me this year. Then there's the obvious... looking forward to giving out candy to the kiddies on Halloween; I think I get more of a kick out of seeing them at my door than I did going trick-or-treating as a kid!

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

Yes. Among them are celebrating my birthday, decorating for Halloween, and watching the turkey on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. And time with families, and stuff. Or is Thanksgiving not officially in fall?

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

Yesterday / Tomorrow