The rain passed through this morning and behind it comes the first cold front to actually slip on by and continue moving Saturday since early spring. That means that finally, fall "Florida style" is on the way tonight. Tomorrow will be sunny and bright with temperatures only in the 70's for a high and a low tomorrow night in the low 50's. Then it will bet even chillier at night on Friday. I am truly looking forward to a crisp, clear night.
Sadly, while it will be wonderful weather wise, fall in Florida just isn't quite the same. Down here, the leaves that do display colors quickly turn from green to brown and are then gone. All it takes is a nice cold night and the transition from summer to winter is over in just a few days, but with a winter that most elsewhere would consider a fairly nice fall, excepting those few bitter cold days that we get from time to time. They just don't last for long. Even the life oaks follow a strange pattern, dropping leaves in February just as the new ones are ready to appear. They show a light, pale green for a few days when new and then it's back to the same old, same old.
Now don't get me wrong. Florida has many beautiful plants that produce beautiful flowers with many colors. Even many Florida weeds are prized as garden winners up north and hence, the name Florida is appropriate for the Sunshine State. But there's something about going from hot to a fairly slow intermediate step before the long harsh winter with gorgeous snow that is hard to forget. But, wait a minute, my memories forget about the freezing temperatures for long duration, the time having to fire up the car to clear the windshields or the scraping of sidewalks and thawing out feet that I tend to leave out of the great memories. I also forget those cold morning when the old radiators took time to heat things up as I rose in morning with WGH Radio saying it was seventeen degrees outside. I wondered how I could ever get my teeth to stop chattering as I hurried to wash up, brush my teeth and get dressed for the day. And then today, with the onset of arthritis which never seems to get much relief during those damp winter months, Florida is a godsend.
So, just forget that I said I missed the snow of winter. If I want it back, I can look at a video. But fall, especially the period of warm days and chilly nights up until about Thanksgiving, is something I do truly miss. Then again, I guess none of us can have it all wherever we live and I do thank God for all the beauty he provides during each season which is unique in its own way. Now let's all go and enjoy the fall while we have it.