Love fall, bring it on!


The first really cool days of fall dipped last week to 45 degrees one night. That is just 13 degrees above freezing.

It is a little on the chilly side, but I love it.

It got better the next night when it inched on down to 40 degrees — just eight degrees above freezing.

It makes one want to snuggle a little longer under the blanket. It also makes one want to go ahead and check out his heating system.

Cool weather makes one feel better and cold weather makes one move a little faster.

The cold is on the way and us that like it are like kids waiting anxiously for Christmas.

On a less hopeful note is the soaring price of propane for those who use it. It certainly is a valid concern.

Many of us that grew up in a different era also know there were concerns about the price of coal - if that is what you once used. Many did.

It was then and still is now the simple issue of supply and demand.

There are many things that change over the years, but what people need for comfort and warmth from the cold was then and is now expensive.

It will always be that way.

Air conditioning from the heat of summer and warmth from the cold of winter are big expenses in all household operations today.

We used coal or wood in early days and only heated certain areas of the house.

Today’s air and heat comes from the touch of a button and is neatly instant. It is a wonderful era to live in, but has also changed all of us into a pampered generation.

Few today recall what real hard times were all about.

No, I did not walk five miles in the rain or snow to get to school, but some of those schools were a mile or more away.

We were never late. Most of us walked because bicycles were not cheap, either.

Many of us hauled out coal ashes from the stove after we got out of school and we even had to bring in a bucket of coal from an outside bin. Starter fire wood also had to cut.

Those were daily, seven-day-a-week chores during the cold months of winter.

Window or table side fans help during the heat of summer, but most could not even afford those.

Those were the days when windows and doors were left open during the heat of summer in an effort to catch a night breeze.

Still, there was a price to pay for starter wood and coal in those earlier days.

It is the same today ­— supply and demand.

William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at


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