Close your eyes and think about Fall. Can you see the beautiful colors of the changing leaves? Can you feel the crisp cool air? Can you smell apples, ready to be harvested for spiced cider?
If you answered yes to the above, you aren’t here!
It’s Fall Ya’ll…In the South.
Here in the South it’s HOT! No cool breezes. The air is sticky with humidity. We don’t have a change of colors in the leaves…but we look forward to our grass during brown in December. September brings the dreaded Love Bugs, and we are smack in the middle of hurricane season. Instead of the smell of apples, it can reek of Eau de Skunk- YUM.
Later in the year, we do relish in the fact that if the wind blows in the evening, the mosquitoes (which really should be classified as our State Bird) aren’t so prevalent. Although we still have humidity issues, it will drop from 98% down to 85 or 90%.
Woo-hoo, trucks will roll in from other states, loaded with pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving. We can count on Christmas trees being stacked up outside of every grocery store, with carols playing in the background (even though we are still sweating most of the day). We can’t put out our Jack-o-Lanterns until the day or two before Halloween, because if we do, they will rot, and stink to high heaven, but we still have cucumbers and zucchini growing like crazy in our gardens.
Yes, Fall in the South is different from other places across the country.
“It’s a Crazy Life, but It’s Our Life”!
We are used to hot weather. We are used to the leaves on our tree’s being green all year-long. We are used to a season change being that our temperatures rise or lower by 10 degrees.
All of this means that we have tourists come and visit, to escape the bitter cold, which brings money into our coffers.
We save cash because we don’t have to have clothes for different seasons of the year – we have shorts and flip-flops in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and capris and sneakers for part of our Winter months. We don’t have to spend hours upon hours each weekend, raking up fallen leaves. We can enjoy a cozy evening by the fire, sipping cocoa…we just have to crank the A/C way down. We can have picnics year round, and we never have to shovel snow.
AND, if we crave seeing the changing colors of the leaves, all we have to do is turn on the Travel Channel.
So, come on down…Fall is great here in the South…just make sure you bring your sunscreen!
This post brought to you by Libby at Libby’s Library.