Sunday, September 9, 2012

I Don't Have to Wait Until November?

by Leann

In Texas, we didn't have my favorite season--autumn. Summer there morphs into a gray and gloomy season I would call "finter." Combine fall and winter and you've got "finter." If we got a day in the low 60's I'd haul out the chili ingredients with glee. I love chili, but in south Texas you don't get many "chili days."

Here in South Carolina, however, we are receiving our first taste of autumn. The temps at night will be in the 50's for the next few days and the leaves are already yellowing and beginning to swirl in a humidity-free breeze. I grew up in western NY and it wasn't until I moved to a sub-tropical climate that I realized how much autumn meant to me. Don't get me wrong. Early spring in Texas is absolutely stunning with azaleas and roses and the sweet scent of honeysuckle every time you step out the door.

This first little cool snap here in South Carolina made me wonder why spring never meant as much to me as autumn--since a Texas spring can rival the beauty of any place in the US. It has to do, I realized, with school.  I loved school. I loved new shoes, new teachers, new friends. But I loved learning and autumn was mostly about learning. Growing up, spring seemed a little sad. It now know that's because I was anticipating the end of school. Then I'd have to wait for what, as a child, seemed like forever for another autumn.

I still feel a tad lost here. I miss the home I made in Texas, the people I loved, the familiarity of the streets and even those awful freeways. But this autumn-feeling is literally a breath of fresh air. I don't have to wait until November for a taste of autumn. That makes me smile.

What about you? What does autumn mean to you?


12 comments:

Lynda said...

I'm not fond of heat, so I love the cooling that autumn brings. Here in central CA, we don't get the spectacular colors that they have on the east coast, but there are still some very pretty areas. Another thing that I like about the cooler autumn weather is I can start wearing sweaters or other "bulky" clothes and don't have to work so hard to hold my stomach in the way I do in summer clothes. As I get older, that is a plus :-)

Aurian said...

How nice that you got your favourite season back. For me that is spring, when everything gets green again, away with the dark, and the gloomy winter, and the gray trees and brown grass.
But I like fall too, where it is often better weather than the summer here in Holland (which is wet!) and the trees are coloring, and I love watching all those amazing mushrooms grow.
I am happy you have your seasons back :)

Julie said...

I am from south Texas and never understood why people love Fall. Then I spent two years in NJ and fell in love. It seriously rivals spring, my favorite time of year. Although, NJ springs with cherry blossoms and tulips may almost beat out roses and azaleas. I miss the colors, the smells, the cool breezes. Don't get me wrong, I'm a TX girl, but I do long for seasons again.

Diane P said...

I grew up in New England & love the beautiful Fall colors, especially the reds. We even got married in Oct.
The Northwest does have a lovely Fall, the beaches often have the best weather in Sept. But not so much of the reds in the colors.
Enjoy your new location. I hear the spring is lovely there too.

Katreader said...

Autumn is my favorite time of year. It was what I missed most when I lived in Texas-and I'm so glad I'm back in WNY. I love the crisp scent of the air, the changing leaves, comfortable temperatures (I hate the heat), and the promise of the upcoming holiday season!

Linda McDonald said...

I love Autumn even though here in Southern CA we don't really get it that much. Someday I want to spend an Autumn back on the East Coast and fully experience it.

Leann Sweeney said...

I see we all seem to really like a "real" autumn. Summer in south Texas rivals winter in Niagara Falls for the worst weather EVER. That doesn't mean there aren't good things to be said about every part of the country. I just never realized how much I missed the fall season. It's really brightened my mood these last few days knowing I can go outside and not melt! :-)

ev said...

I love autumn and spending most of my life in Upstate NY, I get to look forward to it every year. It's probably one of the reasons I have never considered moving.
Yesterday we started out with really high humidity and after a nasty bunch of storms came thru, summer is gone and it's chilly!! I love it- perfect sleeping weather, great to get out into the yard without dying doing the work needed. We went apple picking yesterday (they are in early this year) and now I need to get my fall clothes ready to switch with my summer ones!!
My daughter is in LA and still complaining she needs to turn the a/c on during the day and I have all the windows open.
Love it!!

Leann Sweeney said...

I don't think people realize how beautiful upstate NY can be. But then there's the snow that rivals Alaska's. I remember 6 foot high snow drifts. And for someone who has an unusual allergy--cold urticaria, or in simple terms I get hives when I'm in temps lower than 40 degrees for too long--that's not good. But the fall season there? Wonderful!

Dru said...

Autumn means relief from the hot sticky sun of summer.

I love watching the leaves change colors and then falling to the ground.

grammajudyb said...

Fall is my favorite time of year too. We don't get the reds in Wyoming and the Rockies, like you do in the NE, but the aspens are multi-shades of gold. And against the dark green of the pine and spruce it is breathtaking. It's warm enough for shirt sleeves during the day, and cools off at night so you reach for an extra quilt. Love it!!!8

Leann Sweeney said...

Exactly Dru and Grammajudyb!