My joy for today is Florida Fall.
Despite the calendar’s notice of Fall a few weeks ago, today was actually the first official day of Fall in sunny Florida. On a day that was preceded in my hometown in Pennsylvania by a few inches of snow, here, we finally dipped below the 90’s. In fact, the high for today is 68! I love reading all of my friends’ tweets, facebook status updates, and blog posts about the joy of the changing temperature. It is a true celebration!
I relish in witnessing my children’s reactions to the cool weather each year. It is so incredibly foreign to them to wear socks, pants, or long sleeve shirts. When dressing Molly for Noah’s soccer game this morning, I got socks out of her drawer. She had no frame of reference for what purpose these were intended. She was so excited to show everyone her little sweatshirt, jeans, socks, and closed-toed shoes. These articles of clothing are novel concepts! When Tucker was presented with the wind and cool temperatures, he showed off the traditional shocked baby face while gasping for air from shock. This is a beautiful tradition for my babies that I cherish. All of them were born in Florida and thus are delighted and surprised by cool weather when it comes around for the first time each year.
At the beginning of September, even though the temperature was still in the 80’s to 90’s, I noticed a change in humidity and slight change in temperature that, as a native Floridian, I recognized as ushering in the season. My husband and northern friends disagreed vehemently as they sweat through their shirts. Also, in the past few weeks, I have been discussing how much I enjoy the decorations and celebrations we Floridians establish in our homes for Fall, as if we are trying to create the season inside our homes to spite the outside conditions. Today, we were all joyously in agreement. We knew in our hearts that Fall had come, and we felt it in our fingers. I am wearing my flannel pajamas to bed, and will be sure to light my Harvest candle tomorrow.