Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unseasonable


This unseasonably warm September weather has got the Portland native in me all sorts of mixed up.

See, in the Fall I feel like I've got it all much more together - "it" being life, organization and peace of mind. 

There's something about September that usually brings out the student in me. The student who eagerly waited for her first homework assignments of the year. The student who got more excited over shopping for school supplies than for the latest clothing styles. The student who spent the first 3 key weeks of school trying to win over her teachers rather than trying to fit in with the popular crowd. September used to be a re-birth of organization, creativity and self-expression - things that in today's world don't carry as much importance anymore.

The turn to Fall makes it easy to wrap myself up in layers and spend an entire weekend day at my favorite local coffee shop. It brings me peace and clarity to match the clacking of my fingertips against the keyboard to the rhythm of the raindrops falling on the pavement outside. It brings me comfort to cradle a warm mug of coffee in my hands while I watch the sleepy neighborhood go about its business. The business I have no stake in but find interesting to play make-believe nonetheless.

There's even a part of me that feels like typing on a computer is taboo this time of year. The simplicity of it all is welcoming, but at the same time I crave the sincerity of pen in hand with my deepest thoughts making their way onto some beautiful stationery. Like I need a pen-pal or a friend who I can pass sneaky notes to in a language that only we understand. Even more of a pleasure would be to write these letters by the fire or near the glow of a brand new scented candle.

This aroma, this feeling and this peace I've described make me thankful for the change of seasons. Specifically the way that the personality of the seasons allows me to grow, reflect and revitalize.

While I've squeezed every last drop out of the past few months with vacations, love and hope for a bright future, I'm quite ready for the peaceful vibes of my favorite Northwest season to settle in.

Out of my way, Summer! There are scarves, boots and sleeved dresses in my closet that have missed me dearly!

[Edit]: It's raining in Portland today! Life is great!

21 comments

Jenn said...

I felt the same way about school starting when I was in school that you described. Our morning temps here are definitely telling us that Fall is on the way. I give you lots of credit for how you wrote this post--it's really beautiful :)

MakeMeUpMia said...

I couldn't agree more. I've enjoyed summer, and hate to wish it away, but I am so ready for a relaxing next few months full of all the coziness that is fall.

P!nky said...

I will feel the exact same as you....on September 23rd ;)!

I sometimes wish I had that student feeling again, too. I think I'll write something by hand tonight!

BLovedBoston said...

I was the same way about school - more excited about supplies than clothes lol - and as soon as a new school year start to this day I buy new pens!! I love how cozy this time of year feels!

Kay R. said...

This will be my first time experiencing Fall in the US and Im so happy about it. Ive seen the other seasons but fall seems so exciting to me.

Him & Me (But Mostly Me) said...

You've taken the words straight out of my mouth!!! Very well said!

Meagan said...

This is such a sweet post. I love the changing of the seasons as well, even though it's bittersweet. I'm glad that I live in a city that has all four seasons (though I could do with a shorter winter hehe) - I feel the same way! Fall is the time of year I feel like we get a fresh start to re-organize and slow down a little bit. Great post!

Helene in Between said...

love this, i agree, fall brings about a welcome change. I am ready for this weather to change!

Just Me, Angie! said...

Fall is my favorite Season ...

Caitlin @ CaitlinLiz.com said...

I just LOVE that everyone in Portland is praising the skies that the rain is back (dude, I'm psyched too). It's amazing how quickly you grow to fall in love with gloomy days. Happy Autumn! This is just the BEST time of year :)

Kristen said...

I love Summer but I like Fall best afterwards. I just wish we'd gotten a wee bit more of a summer in KY before I pull on the boots and scarves.

Melissa Suggitt said...

Stephen King: “But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

brooke lyn said...

move over, summer! we have apple pies to bake!

Kasey Lynne said...

SO jealous of your rain!!

Amy Fashion Blog said...

I can send some colder weather your way if you like.

kailyn marie said...

lezbehonest, when i came to your blog today, i completely forgot i made it over and then i was like, oh heyyyyyy! but i'm super jelly of your rain today!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

it was cold as f*ck this morning and will continue to be like that tonight. seems like fall is here in Toronto!

Nadine Lynn said...

Can you please please pretty please with a cherry on top send me some fall weather?! K thanks bye!

Ashley said...

I'm patiently waiting for fall weather to stick around here, too. Coziness needed!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Fall is DEFINITELY my favorite. The weather here has been awesome lately (in the 60s and sunny!).

Kenzie Smith said...

The weather has been so crazy up here in Washington too! It's been weirdly warm, and I am so ready for the cold and rain. Although, it did rain pretty hard today.