The official end of Summer has come and gone, but only today did we finally enjoy a taste of Autumn. Blustery winds, though still quite warm, and leaves scattered on the ground indicate that, perhaps, the transition to a new season is now underway.
September and October often provide some of the nicest, warmest weather in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most often, however, by Halloween, the cooler days of Autumn have set in. Late October is always a good time to bring in the patio furniture, stock up on fire wood, and close the windows at night. Autumn is my absolute favorite season of the year.
I moved from San Francisco to San José in 1972 for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was to experience warmer weather. Growing up in the Sunset District, where cold, fog-shrouded Summer days were the norm, I wanted to experience what it was like to walk around at night during the Summer months without a jacket. I wanted to keep my windows open without freezing to death -- in June! I wanted to play tennis on courts that were not damp from the thick fog blanketing The City.
Now, however, after years of enjoying the warmth of the South Bay, I've reached a point in life where I prefer the cooler days of Autumn. I now find temperatures in the 90-degree range to be oppressive. I don't like the constant transition from the heat of mid-day to the frigid temperatures of air conditioned stores and restaurants. At this point in life, I've learned to savor moderation in all things -- including the weather.
Of course, there are other reasons I enjoy the season of Autumn, too. The changing colors of the trees are impressive in late October and into November. Taking in the greens, reds, oranges, yellows, and golds of the many trees along Williams Road, between Saratoga Avenue and Lawrence Expressway, is a wonderful way to begin each day as I drive to school. Even on campus, several trees provide a glimpse of the season as the leaves change color and eventually collect on the ground under the branches. It's magical.
I'm grateful for Autumn -- this year and every year. It's easy to be grateful at this time of year, which just might be why we celebrate Thanksgiving Day at the end of November.