Pumpkin Spice Latte Memes

Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?

When did PSL become a mainstay of fall (not Fall)? I guess when pumpkin spice latte gained a prominent hashtag aka #PSL which I use all of the time. I love pumpkin spice latte. I know it is artificial. I know it is filled with all that is poison and evil in the world. I know I’m supporting “the man” and all of that. Nonetheless, I love it and of course I had one the very first day that they were unlocked.

I also enjoy mockery, including gentle self-mockery. So here are a few of my favorite memes:

pumpkin spice latte

pumpkin spice latte


Admittedly, I prefer the Starbucks PSL, but I also really like the Crazy Mocha version. And I always appreciate a good jab at pretentious white folks, but the white girls association with PSL has me in hysterics. I love everything about it from the scarf to the boots to the “messy bun.” We’ve been frequenting the Starbucks in Ross Township of late (it is near our pharmacy) and it is filled to the brim with northern suburban white Catholic kids. To the brim. Lots and lots of flip flops with winter gear. And oversized scarves. It makes me laugh every time.

The amusing thing is that “dropping temperatures” is more of a late October thing, than a September mainstay in Pittsburgh. Same with changing colors. But who cares? It also isn’t sometimes warm on Thanksgiving and just cool on Christmas.

After all, as the beloved holiday song “Home for the Holidays” reminds us:

I met a man who lives in Tennessee,
He was headin‘ for,
Pennsylvania, and some home made pumpkin pie.

Remember, this song was originally about Thanksgiving, not Christmas.  🙂


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