As Vancouverites, we accept 10 months of rain and mild weather. We come to live with the fact that if there’s frost on the ground, no one can drive properly and if it’s rainy from October to June… at least there will be sun in July and August. This year I don’t think Mother Nature lived up to her end of the bargain.
There were highlights this summer, a couple beach days and a mini trip to the Okanagan but somehow it feels like the season is almost gone and I don’t have enough of a tan to show for it. Also, about a dozen people I know (including myself) have come down with a cold or flu… in the middle of August, what gives? Of course, summer lasts well into September but with Labour Day fast approaching and the kiddies going back to school, I feel a little ripped off. Surprisingly, I think I’m okay with that because I’ve come to the realization that I actually, honestly, truly love autumn.
I love watching the leaves change, wearing cute sweaters, drinking a warm beverage while wrapping both my hands around the cup, and buying more closed-toe shoes (much to my husband’s chagrin). The air smells crisp, there are no forest fire threats, and when you step out of the house to head to work, a visible puff of your breath leads you out the door and down the street.
Thanksgiving, raking leaves, turkey, scary movies, Halloween, what’s not to love about the time of year that’s fast-approaching? Sure I haven’t had enough summer and I don’t even get to go back to school shopping to make up for my lack of sun exposure, but I’m not going to complain. Vancouver autumns are beautiful and I’m lucky enough to have experienced two of New England’s as well.
When the frost comes out and the walk to work in heels because a sidewalk balancing act, maybe we’ll be able to jet off and fly South. Escaping, just as super hot and sunny days have done to us this year.
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