Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Welcome, Fall

I admit it. I have wished away the sunshine, afternoons at the lake, iced tea, and tank tops. After a uniquely prolonged summer, with temperatures up to 90 degrees until just two days ago, I have dreamed of fall. The autumn colors were here, but with air so hot and thick with humidity, I couldn’t see them properly. They were a backdrop to a show that started late – so late that the audience had begun to shift in uncomfortable, worn seats, looking and listening intently for clues that might explain the unexpected delay.

This morning the air is chilly, less than 50 degrees, and there is no trace of humidity. Gone too is the brilliant sun, hidden behind steel grey clouds. I am reminded of the long, cold winter ahead, of those short grim days when it’s so cold we try to stay indoors if possible, days when that steely sky has left us feeling claustrophobic, wanting to be anywhere else as long as the sun is shining there.

I try to live in the moment, not wish away my children’s youth or the warm sun on my shoulders. But like the funny, adorable two-year-old you think you can't bear to see morphing into an older child, eventually even the warm sunny days of summer grow tiresome; change is a blessing.

Welcome, fall.

[Cross-posted on Chicago Moms Blog. Photo credit Bob Sadler.]


Shan said...

Any of us here in southern Minnesota could have written those same words! We had one or two FREEZING nights about a month ago, then nothing but hot hot hot ever since. Until yesterday. When it was so cold, and the wind was so strong, that when I took the girls out for a walk in the afternoon, we had to return to the house TWICE for warmer clothes (having not gotten more than three houses down each time). This morning when we got up it was 38 degrees outside. Fall, for sure. Or is it winter?

kristen said...

We have not discussed the weather enough--any of us--on our blogs this week. It has been horrific. And though temps dropped here yesterday and today was cool, tonight it feels sticky again and warm and I'm becoming increasingly cranky just thinking about it.

Mrs. Chicken said...

It was such a relief to walk outside today, only to turn back to fetch a sweater. I am more than ready to kiss summer goodbye.

Cynthia said...

I spend my time going to places where it is fall. I read newspapers from MN, WI and IL; just to see the low temps. I set my weather thingy to cities where I don't live; all to somehow touch that cold. And as of lately, I have been so disappointed, when days we were actually cooler than them!

Niksmom said...

AMEN! I've been missing the autumn weather, too.