September. It is the start of the “BER” months as we would refer to it in the Philippines.
September brings a lot of promise and excitement back home as it signifies cooler weather, which is not so much being in a humid, tropical country and the countdown begins for the biggest and most special holiday for many families.
I miss that feeling of exhilaration, and a little bit of pressure, as malls bring out their Christmas decorations early and play some Christmas carols to entice consumers to start their gift shopping early to avoid the rush. Companies start organizing their parties to book the best place for their employees and clients; and families plan their reunions.
But now, September only brings me anxiety, because here in Winter-peg, it’s the start of the BRR months.
The official start of Fall won’t be till the 22nd of September, but you can definitely feel it in the air already. The night temps have dropped, the wind is a bit chillier and the days are noticeably shorter. Don’t get me wrong, I like fall. I love how beautiful and colourful it can be. It is actually what comes after that fills me with dread.
For those who suffered from the severity of the past Winter, Summer felt absolutely short.
I stare at the computer screen, but everything is blank. Instead, I see images in my head. Children running around on the street, screaming with delight. They could be playing tag, or just chasing each other around. Nothing like kids having fun, laughing and goofing around, to put a smile on my face.
Winter has extended its stay… again. We’ve put away our winter parkas and winter clothes in the hopes that we would never need them, not in the next couple of weeks anyway. But… I wonder if Spring is just being shy or Winter has bullied her to stay longer.
It’s frustrating, exasperating, depressing. I want to feel the sun on my skin again; wear nice sleeveless tops and flip flops again. I want to see colourful flowers in the garden, run around with the four-legged kids or just sit on the hammock with a glass of wine.
Yes, the last few warmth that Summer has brought forth has gone away. The grand Fall colors have graced beautiful Winnipeg with blazing reds and orange leaves. The strong brisk winds trying to shake the sturdy trees off what’s left on their branches. And no matter how much I would like to refuse to admit that the cold months have started, there’s no denying the chattering teeth and frozen fingers that I try to warm with my coffee while waiting for my bus.
I’ll just have to try to hold on to my warm, sunny demeanor to get me through 6 months of this chilly weather.
Daily Prompt: The Natural World
Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city? Photographers, artists, and poets: show us NATURE.
It’s a long weekend. Tomorrow Canada will be celebrating it’s birthday, while we are celebrating what we love most about Canada… our garden…
God’s beautiful work of art… Images and layout by my partner Gayl