Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Autumn is many things but never 'crisp'

On a crisp fall day back in 2004, I sauntered into my Creative Writing upper-level course at my University ready to ride the tidal wave of my imagination to an A+. Writing has always interested me so when I had the opportunity to choose an elective, I signed write up (get it?) with utter excitement to not only hone my writing skills but to work on pieces that were more whimsical than technical. A little less "cite every scholarly source you have in Presidential format or else!" and a little more "remember when you threw-up on your first crush? Yeah... play on that embarrassment and create something spectacular". Okeley-dokely!

On our first day, the Professor assigned us an easy-enough piece: Write a creative story about Fall term. That's it, those were the only parameters. Cliche ideas filled my head: football, school, Sorority... oh what to write about?! The page was my Oyster (as the world certainly wasn't then, I think I always had about 10 bucks in my bank account in College). We all pensively began typing until among the sound of keystrokes and the grind of pen to paper, our instructor's voice emerged:
"One more thing..." He started off. "Please do me a favor and never describe Fall as 'Crisp' in your papers to me. I have read thousands of students' papers and magazine articles... and I have yet to find a person who, without being instructed first, finds a way to describe Fall as anything other than 'crisp'. It is, by far, the most accepted and cliched descriptor used in English".

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And you know what? He's totally right. From that point on, Fall and Autumn became 'nippy', 'refreshing', 'chilling' and 'cozy' but never, ever, ever... was Fall 'crisp'.

I guess there's a little Hipster in me after all. Wait no- I take that back!!!
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15 comments:

Krista said...

As I bundled up and walked the beach at Del Rey this weekend, all I could think of was crisp! Like taking the first bite of a chilled apple, snap! It's fall in the Pac NW!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

it's crisp to us in new england lol. I love that pic w/ hot cocoa, etc. I guess i am starting to embrace fall!

Slamdunk said...

I enjoy this time of year.

I would have been busted too with crisp, and now that I am on notice, I better become more descriptive.

Mandee said...

hilarious! That professor had a pet peeve, obviously:) I can see why you love you write!! You're great at it!

Savvy Gal said...

after hot summer days, I am ready for nippy fall.

ellinelle said...

..interesting little story ..autumn is just AMAZING ..Somehow for me fall seems one of the most romantic months of the year .. just fresh and mysterious ..

Panty Buns said...

The hot cocoa, cuddling, and flushed cheeks sound good - and the idea of playing on embarrassment to create something spectacular is I writing goal I could aspire to. I guess I should embrace fall's beauty instead of counting the days until Spring. I'm afraid theirs no Hipster In me - just Briefs On me!

inHERshoes said...

fall is definitely not crisp here in the PNW. it is rather soggy and mushy which i am not happy about! aside from the food, smells of apples and cinnamon, it is not my favorite season because of the wet and cold it brings. layers are cool, but such weight gain on my laundry basket. boots are lovely if i could wear them with skirts all the time instead of my skinnies and leggings.

cheryl said...

i absolutely love fall and i always say 'crisp!' haha

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Ashleigh said...

Interesting... Call it whatever, I do love that chill in the air :)

Tina said...

Hmm... what an interesting view. And yet, so true! lol i shall never call fall crisp. definitely cozy and a little nippy, sometimes chilly. but no crisp. wtf does crisp mean anyway?? lol

rinniez said...

Good to see you learnt something at college haha jokes!
Im so glad i'm spring right now and not autmun, it's really starting to warm up here and i could not be more excited for summer :)
do you still have the story???
you should post it!

:)

xx

Vanessa said...

Whenever I hear crisp, I think of the food (apple, peach, berry), not fall! I look forward to some of the things fall brings, not so much the cold weather, but the fun activities, pretty leaves, and yummy food/drinks? Bring it on!

Ocean Dreams said...

The word crisp isn't my favorite fall word either. I like all of the other words you mentioned!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

There are so many cliches in describing stuff indeed, I feel like sometimes we end up using the words without even realizing it.