Fall Fun Isn’t That Fun

And yet here we are

Siobhan Adcock
Forge
Published in
4 min readOct 24, 2019

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DoDo you have a flannel shirt on? Are you drinking a warm apple cider festooned with a cinnamon stick, or a pumpkin spice latte, or somehow both? Are you eating an actual caramel apple in an actual corn maze? Are you surrounded by pumpkins—just, like, absolutely hemmed in by them on all sides, like an actual prison made of pumpkins? How about mums? You got a gajillion of those? Maybe even some of those Frankenmums that are somehow yellow and purple and orange because they are botanical visitors from the multiverse?

My family recently visited one of the prettiest damn apple-picking farms on the Eastern Seaboard (despite the dust, the drive, and the bees—Jesus Christ, the bees). But the orchard was unusually crowded, and our group got separated, and we all spent the day in search of each other, wandering the farm like Caine in Kung Fu. Plus, I forgot to post or even take any pictures to remember the trip by, which feels somehow like the biggest #fallfail of all. Spirit of the Great Pumpkin, help me, I feel kinda… bad… about it? Despite having all these delicious apples and all these really nice memories, I somehow feel like I did it wrong?

Then there was the weirdly dark, weirdly early autumn evening when, after breaking a sweat trying to untangle the cobweb lights that make up one infinitesimally fractional part of my…

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Siobhan Adcock
Forge
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Siobhan Adcock is the author of two novels, The Completionist and The Barter, as well as essays in Ms., Salon, Slate, and McSweeneys. siobhanadcock.com