You and I have never been the best of friends — you’re just too miserably hot and sweltering for that to ever happen. But the onset of autumn is a good time to jot down the little things about you that I forget to appreciate.
Warm fingers. Warm toes. Basically, not having to worry about being cold. Mornings especially. Winter has such a way of making one cling to a nice warm bed…which admittedly, doesn’t make for a quick start kind of morning. Humidity — sure, it can make the air thick enough to slice, but I also don’t have dry and cracking knuckles. Also, being able to run outside with wet hair and have the sun and breeze do its magic in mere minutes. There are a few convenient aspects to you, I’ll grant.
Flowers. Even though towards the end of summer they’re dead and wilting from the heat, I can’t deny the fact that you bring spring’s promise of vibrant blooms to complete fullness. I’m very thankful for that.
Traveling — and friends. Humans have a tendency to wander when they’re warmed up, and that results in a lot of amazing memories; wondrous new places to see, new friends to meet, and old friends coming back to visit.
Lastly, I have a fondness for the quiet, lazy, “dog days” of summer. Granted, I’m hot and sticky and eaten up by pesky bugs, but a movie and an ice cream on a hot day have a magic all their own.
You also gave me time to think. Even in busy times, summer has an intrinsic easy-going feel to it, a way of saying “no pressure” and that’s especially appreciated. So even if we’re not best buddies, summer, I hope I’ll remember these little silver linings when you arrive again in a dizzying whirl of heat and humidity.
Till next time.