Welcoming The Chill│Yesterday was the first chilly day of the season, and boy oh boy did it feel amazing! I have never been a fan of cooler weather. In fact, I despise the cold. I live for the summer months – the sun on my skin, the warm air and the beautiful blue skies. But, after these years in China, I have grown far less fond of the summer months. Over here summer means… sweat, sweat and more sweat. It drips from every pore, and there seems to be no relief from the sweltering heat. It hangs over everything, like a heavy blanket. The summer that we spent in Texas was WAY HOTTER than Qingdao, but there was relief. There were cold drinks in the store (often a rare occurrence here… fridges are often used as fancy storage containers), there were swimming pools, well-functioning air conditioners, and of course, we got around in a car. In China, during the summer, the thought of heading up and down tons of stairs, dragging three bags and a toddler, means that I really don’t care to be outside. There are mosquitos everywhere, tons of tourists and ridiculously high humidity. It truly is a shame – my favorite season has become something rather unappealing to me.
There is a positive to all of this though, and that is my discovery of the “middle seasons”. Spring and Autumn are now some of the most beautiful experiences to me. They literally make me as excited as a little kid before Christmas! In Spring the blossoms come out, and seeing them floods me with an immeasurable joy. And then there is Autumn. Oh sweet Autumn! The heat starts to drop, and the leaves begin to change. Growing up in South Africa, I don’t remember Autumn being a big deal at all. But up here in the northern hemisphere, Autumn seems to be way more magical.
Yesterday, with the cooler temperature, came the knowledge that soon all the streets will be lined with red, orange and yellow. Of course, this does mean that winter comes over that, but I’m going to choose not to think about the dreaded season of pollution and grey. That is my hiding time… This mama bear goes into hibernation during those brutally cold months. With my newfound appreciation for sweaters, boots, fallen leaves, and cooler temperatures perhaps winter won’t be as bad this year.
Nah… Who am I kidding?! Winter in China sucks!
But for now I will enjoy the middle season that is rolling in.
Bring on the cooler weather!