The weather has begun to cool, pumpkin spice is available at your favorite store, Halloween decorations are out; while this would put most people in the fall spirit, it did very little to me.

Usually, the fair weather would put me in enough of a good mood, but this year it was just not doing it for me. But over the weekend the spirit of fall officially came to me. Fall officially began for me when I bit into the first Pillsbury Halloween sugar cookie of the year. The crunchy outsides and the gooey insides instantly made me know it was fall.

This is the first time in a long time I have looked forward to the seasons changing. I, like a lot of other people, feel as if spring and summer were stolen.

Spring was robbed by the first wave of quarantine sweeping over the country, putting most people inside. Similarly, this summer felt unlike any summer before. Gone were the concerts, ball games, road trips and beach days and in their place closures, uncertainty and quarantine.

While the two previous seasons were downers, fall looks to be different. While things are still not anywhere close to where they were this time last year, fall almost seems normal.

But this fall feels different than the two seasons prior. While we are seemingly still in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, this fall season seems almost normal even though we know it is not.

But we can experience fall almost to the fullest. With states more open than they have been in past seasons, people can experience fall like in years past.

Fall will be fine with socially distanced events. With less capacity allowed, your wait for that pumpkin spice latte will be much shorter, fewer people at Rader Farms and Curtis Orchard means you should have no problem getting the ideal pumpkin, with fewer kids you will not have to fight as hard for candy on Halloween.

While past holidays like Easter and the Fourth of July might have been put on the back burner to the pandemic, crucial fall holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving should be mainly untouched. Likely it will look different than years past, but surely the population will be glad to get something that resembles the two best holidays of the year.

A holiday like Halloween that already calls for masks is made for a pandemic. While some parents may be wary about sending their kid to take candy from strangers in a national health crisis, protocols can be taken to ensure safety. Gloves and masks should be a must to ensure safety for kids and those handing out candy.

When Thanksgiving rolls around, it will surely be affected in some households. Larger family get-togethers may be gone in some circles trying to protect older relatives. But for the most part, Thanksgiving should look normal. There will still be mounds of food and beer to be consumed, cards to be played and good times to be had.

One bright side to this pandemic is that it will likely cancel the stupid yearly trend of Black Friday. Major stores such as Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy and Kohl’s have already announced they will not be open during Thanksgiving weekend.

I have one thing to say to that: good. America does not need a huge outbreak because of greedy people trying to get cheap deals the day after a holiday celebrating thankfulness.

Fall should shape up to be closer to normal in a world that some normalcy should be gladly welcomed.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow Sermersheim on Twitter at @JakeSermersheim

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