Now many of you have probably heard about how much it rains in Seattle but please let me reiterate.
IT RAINS A LOT IN SEATTLE. Unless you live here you really have no idea, it’s not that it downpours every day but from about October to April we wake up to gray clouds and a constant mist, which can really get on a person’s nerves. But occasionally, in the Fall, we have days like today, where you wake up and the sky is blue and the sun is shinning. The color of all of the changing leaves mingles with the many evergreens and I start to realize that maybe, just maybe, all of the rain is worth it.
I was born in sunny San Diego but I have lived most of my life here in the Northwest. While I do wish it were sunnier, I have to admit I love the changing of the seasons. We sometimes get snow in the Winter, but not enough so that anyone knows how to drive in it, which means that our city can be completely paralyzed if we get 2 inches, schools shut down and people call into work. Our Spring is pretty rainy and stormy, but by May the sun starts to shine and flowers start to bloom. We have a pretty decent summer with sunshine and highs in the 70s and 80s, but let me tell you we have a beautiful Autumn and I love it. I love it because it looks like this.
I love it because I love putting on my big coat, a scarf and gloves to take long walks down tree lined streets and hearing the leaves crunch beneath my feet. I love it because as I walk I breath in the cool, crisp clean air. I love the smell of the fallen leaves and wood burning fires as the smoke escapes from the chimney of the house the fire is warming. I love seeing the leaves blow in the wind and pumpkins decorating doorsteps. But most of all I love the Northwest in the Autumn because of the way it makes me feel; the sights, the sounds, the smells, it all makes me realize why I like to call this place home.
Ask me again in March and I may say something completely different about how I feel about this place, but I will always love the Northwest in the Autumn.