Autumn is here! Finally! Well, according to the calendar at least. (Okay, so the weatherman says it is going to be hot again today so it might be a little while yet before we start to feel any real benefit but—YAY!—Autumn!) Autumn has always been my favourite season in Australia and I have to tell you I have been seriously hanging out for it this year! I have not enjoyed this summer—at all. I can just about deal with the heat (that’s what air conditioning is for) but the oppressive and constant humidity we have had to deal with over the last couple of months has been off the charts. I have been longing for some cooler weather . . .
(Before I go any further, my sincere apologies to those readers living on the other side of the world who have been (and in some cases still are) trapped in the depths of a freezing winter. There can be nothing worse than listening to someone complaining about an endless run of steaming hot sunny days when you are all freezing your bits off. However, when it gets to be proper winter here and I start to complain about it (as I most assuredly will) I promise I will not be mortally offended when you write and gloat about how lovely the weather has been where you are . . . )
I am not the only one in my household who has struggled with the heat this year. My girls have been exceedingly listless (in Molly’s case almost comatose) and their days have been mostly spent dozing fitfully, drinking gallons of water, going outside to pee all the water away again, staggering back inside to drink even more water . . . and then dozing again. Now I know that doesn’t sound all that different from any of their usual days, but this time all these ‘activities’ (and I use the term loosely) were all done in exaggerated slow motion. (Except when I had the big fan trained on me and was required to briefly move from my seat. Then all three dogs developed an amazing ability to immediately transport themselves miraculously into ‘my spot’ only to become completely unconscious again and therefore entirely unable to move back out of it! )
But never mind—it’s autumn and all that uncomfortable heat and humidity will soon be far behind us! I’ll be able to do all sorts of things I haven’t been able to do in months.
I’ll be able to wear sleeves again.
I’ll be able to take hot showers again . . . and eat hot food again . . . and drink hot drinks again . . .
I’ll be able to get into my jammies and woolly socks and slippers as early as I like without feeling guilty about it. (I’ll be able to actually wear jammies and woolly socks and slippers again . . . )
It’ll be less crowded outside and there’ll be less dodging and weaving around pushchairs and prams and scooters and bicycles when the girls and I go out walking. (It’s amazing how many ‘fair weather walkers’ there are around here. Autumn and winter is mostly left to who of us who walk purely for the joy of it—or for our health—or who have four-legged family members who would make them crazy if they didn’t . . . )
Oh yes. I think I like the idea of Heaven always being Autumn.
(Provided, of course, that heaven is also going to be loaded up with hot chocolate . . . and jammies . . . and slippers . . . and woolly socks . . . and dogs . . . )