While California is still sweltering in 90 degree heat, fall has descended on Alaska. I’ve been informed many, many times over that we moved during the most unusual and spectacular summer the 49th state has seen in a long time, so I assume the summer/fall contrast isn’t so obvious every year. But for this year, the mostly sunny days have given way to almost two solid weeks of cloudy skies and rain. Fortunately, autumn is my favorite season, so I’m not particularly heartbroken to have to throw on another layer for the days that only see temperatures in the 50s.
The strangest part has been getting back into the school year with the feel of summer entirely evaporated. Every other year, as both a student and a teacher, the first few weeks to a month or so of school have always been accompanied by reminders that it’s still technically the summer season. I have no complaints, though. This perpetual drizzle reminds me that I may as well be inside, attempting to enrich the lives of youth, rather than being teased by the typical sunshine out of my classroom window, suggesting that there are more invigorating things to be accomplished instead. Luckily, there have been a few breaks in the weather that we’ve taken full advantage of.