One day is much like another during Houston's long, hot summer—a season that unofficially starts in May and wraps up in October or November. This year, Texas is suffering a drought, so we miss out on rain clouds and monotony-busting afternoon showers. Blue skies, high humidity, and temperatures reaching for a hundred degrees equal same old/same old, and I'd swear I'm an extra in Groundhog Day.
Remember the 1993 movie that features Bill Murray as a weatherman sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to report on whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow? In Groundhog Day, the Murray character gets caught in a time loop and must repeat the same day time and again. Eventually, he makes the most of his do-overs and teaches himself French, ice-sculpting, and how to get along with people. When he finds love, he breaks the spell that's been holding him in place.
(Drat! I should have used this endless summer to teach myself another language.) Like the Murray character, I've repeated the same tasks and followed the same routine every day for months. The weather's hot and humid when I wake up and hot and humid when I go to sleep. The sight of my lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing makes me cranky. (Make that crankier.)
On Sunday, the weather broke. Three inches of rain fell on Houston in one glorious day, and the overnight lows dropped, resulting in cooler mornings and the hint that fall will, indeed, make an appearance this year.
Spring claims the season-of-renewal designation for herself, but autumn energizes me--and I'm not alone. The squirrels in the park seemed peppier this morning, and the ranks of walkers, runners, and bicyclists have swelled.
In the weeks to come, trees will shed leaves, but I'll plant flowering bulbs that will draw strength from their chilly resting place underground. Fall is the perfect times to begin projects that require extra germination, like degrees, business plans, and manuscripts.
I can't wait to turn off the ac and fling open windows, bake an apple and cranberry cobbler, and make soup.
What do you look forward to in the fall?