Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall in Florida

I love fall. I grew up in the Chicagoland area where fall is spectacular. Crisp cool nights and warm, sunny days, blue skies that make you ache and trees that look like God spilled a paint palette everywhere. The bright orange of ripe pumpkins and the beautiful rainbow of chrysanthemums everywhere plus there is a unique scent in the air unlike any other time of year.

Ten years ago, I moved to Florida. Florida doesn't have fall. Our leaves don't turn bright orange and yellow, just brown and fall off...sometime in January. We don't have crisp cool nights where you can leave your windows open and sleep with the fresh air blowing in, snuggled under your nice warm quilts. We're still running the air conditioning. Chrysanthemums are an annual here and only last a couple of weeks before the sun dries them out. Pumpkins rot on the ground, it's still too hot for them.

I miss all the wonders of fall. The smell, the crunch of leaves underfoot as you walk in the woods, the beauty of God's creation, for only God could paint such beautiful colors together for us to enjoy.


Jenn said...

I think Ide like it there!
Dont get me wrong I LOVE fall for the colors and scents and winter for the snow but cant handle the cold. I dont think Ide miss them too much!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

This really hits home for me too! I have never lived anywhere but the deep south, but Fall is my favorite. Not wuite as hot and sever as FL. We do have Fall, but it is warmer and comes later than most other places. We ALWAYS have Indian Summer here.
But I love this time of year too!