Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh Summer, Where Art Thou, Summer?

by Kate Collins

I'm just a bit bummed today. Where I live, we had a dose of fall weather this weekend, and that makes me sad. I'm all about sunshine and warm temperatures and flowers -- of course -- and picking tomatoes and sitting outside in the evenings with neighbors -- and that is all about to stop because AUTUMN IS COMING. Yuck.

I don't think I'd mind it so much if it didn't mean that winter would follow, because I do love the fall colors.  Did I mention I'm all about sunshine and warm temperatures?

When I was raising my children, I didn't have time to dwell on the changing seasons. It wasn't until I lost my husband that the short days and long, lonely nights of cold weather really started to bother me. It's different when you're alone. That cozy feeling of being in a warm house on a snowy night disappears.

I know some of you love autumn and have no problem with winter -- and I envy you. Short days and long, dark, cold evenings do not make me happy. They make me want to hibernate. They make me want to sit instead of move, and that's not healthy.  It makes my jeans fit way too tight.  Why don't those cold, long evenings bother everyone? I want to know what it is about winter that some of you like. Give me something to hang on to besides the holidays.

Are you a summer or winter person? Or maybe you just simply aren't bothered by any season, and if so, I envy you, too! How do you manage?