…and the trees, more colorful too.
It’s September, in fact, it’s almost October already and we still have highs of 40C here in Dubai. The mornings and nights have eased a bit and we can actually walk outside without soaking our shirts but mid-day still feels like mid-summer. It is my 4th September in the UAE. Subsequently, that also means I’ve missed four Japan autumns now.
Autumn had been my favorite time of the year. It still is but I’m in near danger of forgetting what it looks or feels like.
There are no autumn foliage eye candy in Dubai – heck we even lack trees in the first place except for the date palms. There’s no chestnuts or sweet potato and golden persimmon. No walks in the woodland with crisp autumn leaves under my feet and…and..I can keep going on and on. I miss autumn back ‘home’ – that part of the world where I used to live for ten years before coming here so I called a friend, a former neighbor actually and asked her to look out the window and tell me what’s outside.
Heavy rains, cloudy skies and cold air. Also, we’re getting the heaters ready. Soon, it’ll be time to change the beddings, take out the electric blankets, heavy comforters, thick socks, turtlenecks and thermal underwears. Oh and never to forget boxes of tissue for that dripping nose in the morning. Feel better now?
Oh yeah, I suddenly felt better, thanked my friend who is always ready to pull my feet back to reality and temporarily erase the homesickness.