Ah, it’s officially that odd time of year where the mornings are cool, the afternoons are toasty warm and the evenings are a humid mix of the two. Welcome to early, early fall in southeastern Virginia, am I right?
I love the month of October; it brings apple-picking trips to Charlottesville, changing leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, bonfires with s’mores, and, of course, Halloween (though, for those of us who are easily frightened and don’t enjoy the annual trip to a haunted theme park, Halloween is less inviting than the other October things).
October at CNU is one of the prettiest times to walk campus. Some of our trees legitimately turn bright yellow or crisp red and scatter their leaves across the brick pathways. Plus, students begin to break out their flannel shirts and fun scarves (or, at least, I certainly do!). Whispers of fall break and Thanksgiving break begin to fill the plaza as we imagine time away from studying and stress and days with family, friends and food.
Here’s to fall, Captains! If you’re a freshman, enjoy your first October at Christopher Newport – visit creepy Crawford Road in Yorktown or a local pumpkin patch. If you’re about to graduate, make time for a few last fall memories with friends. You won’t regret it!