Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Depending on what part of the world you live in, your reaction to the seasons will undoubtedly vary. When I was a kid in the Midwest I loved winter, but as an adult in northern California I don’t find it as enjoyable. In both places, however, fall has always been my favorite.
Winter in Michigan meant lots of snow, with sledding, ice skating, snowmen (or snow horses, in my case), hot chocolate and warm fires.It also meant snowsuits, boots, wet mittens, and chapped hands and faces, but those weren’t important. Of course, I didn’t have to deal with driving in snowstorms, shoveling driveways and getting kids in and out of said snowsuits. Michigan can have a lot of snow, but I don’t remember ever feeling housebound. Unless it was an actual blizzard we could always go out and play.
Winter in the San Francisco Bay area usually mean lots of rain and grey overcast days. California has a Mediterranean climate, which means ALL of our precipitation comes in the winter. Now we don’t get a lot in comparison to some areas, but when we do it settles in for a long stay. One winter we had over 30 continuous days of rain. And unlike other areas our rain is cold – not at all like warm summer rains. So no one wants to go for walks in the rain or splash in puddles. Instead we dash inside as quickly as possible and stay there. I had a friend who moved here from Seattle, probably one of the rainiest places in the US, and she couldn’t stand our dark, depressing winters. She quickly moved back to the Northwest where it may rain daily, but only for short periods and then the sun comes out again.
Spring in the Midwest was always eagerly welcomed–no more snow, warm rains and everything turning green. Of course there was also dirty, mucky slush from the melting snow and allergies to the blooming flowers, but in general it was a great season. Here in CA we rejoice in the rain stopping (unless it’s drought year, like the last couple) and being able to get out and around again. Given our mild climate, we have flowers blooming all year round, but the Spring brings even more, as well as the colorful tree blossoms. The end of the rains also means the hills start turning their usual golden brown (and we start wondering what the fire season will be like).
For me, California summers are much more pleasant than the ones I remember in the Midwest. Summer as a kid meant hot, muggy nights where I couldn’t sleep and swarms of mosquitos, both of which I hated. But it also included lazy days at the lake, swimming and playing in warm water. When we moved west, I was dismayed to find that the only lakes were in the mountains and were fed by melting snow. Instead everyone went to the beach where the water was cold, the waves rough and the sun hot. As a redhead with sensitive skin that last was a real problem. I never developed an affinity for the beach as did many of my friends. But in general, summers are pretty pleasant, with low humidity and not many bugs. We do get week-long periods of over 100 degrees, but those only happen a few times a season and we can always retreat to the coast with it’s cooler temps.
In the Midwest, Fall was a mixed blessing for me. It started with the awful hay fever season, where I would try to scratch my eyes out, but then it would morph into my favorite time. I loved the cooler, non-humid weather, the leaves turning gorgeous colors, jumping into the raked piles and then toasting marshmallows when my dad burned them. (Probably not allowed anymore.) Add in Halloween, my birthday and Thanksgiving, what wasn’t to like? I have the same feeling now. While most of our native trees don’t shed their leaves, there are many imported ones that turn lovely colors in the Fall. The cooler weather encourages me to be more active and I start preparing for my favorite holidays.
How about you? What’s your favorite time of year? What are your seasons like?
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