Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What I Wouldn't Give

This morning on my way into work, I drove through a shower of leaves. Already golden and bronze, they danced through the air above the road, tumbling and spinning on their way to the other side of the thoroughfare. The huddled mass of them performed a serious of dainty pirouettes, blurry spirals, lazy swaying. Staring at them through my windshield, barreling toward them, I saw that it is actually fall.

And though I love autumn - the crisp coolness in the air, the warm colors it inspires, its call for red wine and desserts made with nutmeg - I'm not quite ready for it yet. I feel like it was just yesterday that I stopped wearing my jacket, and here it is already time to put them back on.

So days like this, when it's cool and not quite warm enough to go out without a sweater, I remember Belize. The hot wind, the thick air, the blaring sun. If I think hard enough, I can remember what it was like to wear my bathing suit every day, to dread the need for an actual shirt. I can remember the sand between my toes and the sun on my shoulders.

First Full Day in Belize

Days like this, I want to go back, if not just for a day, to taste the warmth and feel the breeze that I won't find here for another eight months.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cute picture! I am not ready for fall yet either, but it seems it is almost upon us.

Liz said...

Look at you hottie!

I am so ready for Fall!!! I can't wait. Yes, I am a freak that yearns for colder weather.

Serra said...

I love Fall--it's easier to get warm when it's cool out than it is to get cool when it's warm.

Sunney said...

You have the flattest stomach ever. I wish bloated gas pain on you like the woman in the Chicken of the Sea elevator commercial.


Okay, no I don't. It was a fleeting moment. I'm over it now. I will enjoy your very flat stomach with you.

Kat said...

Go Sexy Mama!

Fall... its almost offically here.. But that means we get to wear cute wooly sweaters and boots (in every color available to mankind)

Ever take a boat ride up the Hudson River during this time of year? ITS WONDERFUL! the colors are gorgeous!...

Cheetarah1980 said...

I officially don't like you. Girls with flat stomaches are evil. I wish you 5 pounds of water weight gain!

Laurie said...

Ladies, you must remember: That was back in MAY. It's been a long time since then. And I've eaten a lot of cookies since then, too.