Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 48 - { the north wind }

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“From the Gate of Kings the North Wind rides, and past the roaring falls;
And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
'What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you bring to me today?
What news of Boromir the Bold? For he is long away."

--Tolkien

Growing up as a desert rat, I remember hearing people groaning about the high temperatures in Tucson, and then inevitably someone would always say, "Well, at least it's a dry heat." I always wondered why on earth that made a difference. Then the DC Fiddler moved us to the South and, honey, I learned why that makes a difference. Poor Arkansas gets most of its weather from the gulf, I think. And that means wet heat.

This past Friday brought the north wind, and with it a blessed aridity that helps this Arizona girl feel like life in Arkansas is again well worth living. Rosebud and I headed out to meet the boys walking home from school. Doesn't she look quite the intrepid stroller adventurer in this shot? :)

Nothing like a blue sky and streaky clouds and a drop in temperature and humidity to make me very, very happy. Something about the fresh clarity of the air makes me feel like exercising and cleaning (gasp!) and doing all sorts of healthy, productive things that make me whiny when it's humid. It's like spring fever, except it hits me in the fall here.

100 days of gratitude tag. . . . .now it's five days later, and back to the soggy warmth from the gulf. It's okay, though. That delicious foretaste of autumn lingers with me and I know it will be here to stay before too much longer.

Isn't it amazing, this dynamic, beautiful world Heavenly Father created for us? I hope there are still seasons in heaven. As long as I live in the South, though, the north wind will still be my favorite.

5 comments:

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

I'm with ya', honey child. It reminds me of several discussions we had growing up on whether it would be hot or snowy cold in heaven.

And yes, we are having some flooding down here. Rose's school was canceled. We only got WET and had some crazy driving. We're doing okay, though.

Annalisa said...[Reply to comment]

Where I live its the Santa Anas that blow in from the East deserts that I love. Its warm and calming.

Amy Kay said...[Reply to comment]

I love your new blog look. :) It has finally started to cool off some, now I am not meaning much, but in the mornings when the boys leave for school, its cooler. I hope you all are well. I miss you. Enjoy the changing of the weather for me. I really miss the season change from summer to fall out west with the leaves and cooler nights. :) sending you much hugs

Cindy said...[Reply to comment]

I feel the exact same way! The cool air always makes me feel invigorated and refreshed. I can't wait until it's here to stay!!

Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Yes, I love the dry air. Come on over. We would love to have you in AZ--arid zona. Love the picture of sweet Rosebud.