Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote “in the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
But is that true? Spring breaks would certainly seem to support that theory. Perhaps in “Camelot” May was the lustiest month, but in reality? Maybe not so much since nine months later in February the lowest number of babies are born. Of course February is also the shortest month, so there’s that…
But if we look at the time of year with the highest birthrates, it appears there’s another season when people seems to get busier than in spring. More babies are born in September than any other time of year, followed closely by August, June and July, in that order. Which means that the fall months see more amorous doings than other months do.
Makes sense if you think about it, especially in Arizona. Summer may mean less clothing but it’s also just too darn hot for lots of activities. Actually for most activities that aren’t showers. And a person can only take so many showers in one day before they start to resemble a prune.
But in fall, not only do windows open to fresh air and cool breezes, but also hearts open up to the idea that a cuddle may be the perfect way to warm a chilly night. Not to mention that for furtive young lovers looking for clandestine places to rendezvous, shorter days, longer nights (and cooler cars) can only be good news.
Also let’s not discount the allure of the fall holidays. Thanksgiving means counting your blessings, Christmas is full of love. People celebrate in many ways when cozy fires are involved.
And Halloween? Besides haunted houses driving scared women into their men’s arms, the whole Halloween costume industry has basically turned into a once a year excuse for women to dress up as “sexy” nurses, teachers, clowns, superheroes, princesses, witches, elves, pirates, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, etc. etc.
Been to Party City lately? Take an occupation, throw some fishnets and cleavage into the mix, and there’s your costume. Is it any wonder most babies are born in summer? (Myself, a late July baby, included. Ugh…tmi.)
But what holidays does spring offer? Easter? Mother’s Day? Meh. Not to minimize their importance, but those special days are simply much tamer and more wholesome in comparison.
In the end, like much else in our daily lives, weather has a major influence. Arizonans are chomping at the bit for cool days and nippy nights. Eavesdrop on any random conversation around the Valley and you’re bound to hear comments like that. This time of year, we’ve had it with the heat. It’s almost like we’re human thermometers, poking our heads out the door each morning to compare today’s temps to yesterday’s, feeling that infinitesimal daily change and waiting to bring the sweaters and boots back out of the closet. (Ahhh boots! Another key ingredient in the subliminal sex stew. But that’s a topic for a whole other column.)
So maybe what we’re looking forward to isn’t just a wardrobe change. It’s a little lifestyle change that’s helped along when the sun stops being quite so obnoxious and omnipresent. When you catch a chill, sometimes you grab a blanket or a sweater and sometimes you don’t.
Cool weather is coming. Have fun. And be careful out there.
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