It’s only the very beginning of September, and even though we never had much of a summer, Autumn is already in the air here. I’ve been waking up to cool mornings. Certainly not so cool that I don’t want to get out of bed (well, who am I kidding? I never want to get out of bed), but cool enough that I need a jacket when I leave in the mornings.
The onset of cool weather gives me a certain sense of dread, these days. It just seems too soon to be worrying about snow and coats and dark-at-4:00, especially since our summer was so brief and quick. I don’t think we even had a single day that was over 92 or so. Summer up here is so very different than it is in the south.
Here are some of the things I miss:
- Old men in Seersucker Suits – very, very common in Charleston, especially where business or society forced you into something nice when it was 110 degrees outside. I found them so charming.
- Giant, cheap watermelons- You can buy them here. In the grocery store. Shipped from Mexico. They cost far too much money and aren’t very good. In Alabama, you can buy them for pennies and they taste like manna from heaven. Or they were free, if I snatched one out of my parent’s garden.
- HEAT- Dear god, I actually miss roasting in the heat of the south. On many occasions, I have gotten into my car when I leave work, after it sat in the sun for 8 hours, and left the windows rolled up and not turned on the air conditioner, just so I could feel some honest-to-god heat. I can’t believe that I miss being so hot I feel like I’m going to pass out, but I legitimately do. When I tell people that, they look at me like I have crazy eyes (as I’m sure you are doing while you are reading this), but I’m unapologetic. It relaxes me like nothing else can.
- Sweet tea- OK, the stuff they have at Starbucks is actually pretty good, but it’s too expensive and I’m not around one very frequently. I’ve had to deal with getting unsweetened iced tea from Dunkin Donuts and putting a few packs of splenda in it (because if you ask for it sweetened with sugar, they just dump a bunch into the ice-cold liquid, producing a sugar slurry at the bottom that doesn’t dissolve. Cue fury!). How do you get through a summer without sweet tea?