Ok, summer-lovers. I know what you're saying. "But fall doesn't really start until September 22nd." And to that I say, "Tell that to the weather." The last few days have been perfection - highs in the mid-60s or low 70s, sunshine, and crisp air without any cloying humidity. I even busted out my leggings and knee-high boots! Fall is in the air even if it's not yet in your heart, but you can still become a basic mom like me.
Basic moms, I am with you. I love all things pumpkin spice and apple. Fall colors suit my skin and hair coloring, and my heart sings to dress in layers. And just like every other basic mom, I live for the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte.
I'll be honest, I'm too cheap to buy Starbucks regularly. But at least once a year, I treat myself to a PSL and savor every sip. Fall is my favorite season and I am proud to relish it unashamedly. For some strange reason, haters have decided it's open season on basic moms like me. They mock us for enjoying the simple pleasures in life and openly bash us for reveling in the finely balanced flavor profile of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. It's as if their taste buds don't work, or they enjoy sweating their butts off in the middle of swamp season - I mean, summer. Weird, right?
In all seriousness: We have got to put an end to the basic-mom-hating. The humor has run its course and now it is just a way to poke fun at other people who are willing to proudly wear their passions on their sleeve. Do we really need another reason to point out each others' differences and perceived flaws? Have we learned nothing from the most recent US presidential election? Why must we continue to be so ugly to one another?
At the end of the day, my love for all things fall is the most inconsequential thing about me. Aside from being good fodder for a friendly rivalry with my sister, it's just not that important. My love of PSLs doesn't define my worth any more than someone else's love of the Fourth Of July defines their worth. We've got real problems to deal with, people! Why are we wasting time picking each other apart for something that's really quite immaterial? Is that going to cure cancer? Is that going to solve world hunger? Is that going to shut down puppy mills? No. It won't. In fact, it's not just a waste of time and energy to hate on basic moms. When you hate on a basic mom because she loves her Han Solo fall uniform, you're actively choosing not to spend that energy on a more pertinent problem.
Worse yet, you're choosing to alienate someone who could join you in the fight against terminal illnesses, poverty, or illiteracy. Rather than finding a common ground and choosing to exponentially increase our collective strength, you've decided to pour your energy into building up walls and tearing people down. How about we all try to build up people and tear down walls instead? The world is cruel enough and life is brutish and short. If a PSL brings a smile to a basic mom's face, more power to her. She's just trying to make it in a tough world. Aren't you?
How have you seen haters destroy civil discourse? Do you notice how vitriolic this PSL "debate" has become? Join me in fighting the hate - even if you don't like fall, we can still get along. @pi3sugarpi3 on Twitter.