Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rock the vote OR Seasons change

Get out there and do it!

Betcha think today's post is going to be about voting and politics. WRONG! It's not that I don't care or have lots of thoughts on those subjects, I just don't intend to use my blog as a place to display those thoughts. I think it comes from living in NYC for so long (and during the last election) where people would come up to you on the street and scream at you about their political views. I happily filled out my absentee ballot last month in a room alone and am looking forward to avoiding the polls today!

I have seasonal nostalgia, y'all. Every time the seasons change, I get a little yearning feeling in my heart for places I've lived before. Fall is the worst. I miss Ithaca, NY, where I lived for three years. It was the first place I experienced what I would consider a "real" fall. Having only lived in the south until I moved there, I had never even owned a scarf. It was like a new world was opened up to me when I moved up there and experienced Apple Fest, colored leaves that seemed to explode on the trees overnight, crisp fall mornings and the like. I even had these feelings about Ithaca when I moved to NYC. On the other hand, when living in NYC, I would always get really excited when Christmastime rolled around. (More excited than usual, if you can imagine that!) I can't even describe how much fun it was to walk through the streets I'd always seen on TV and see them decked out for the holidays. The tree at Rockefeller Center, the Unicef Snowflake across 5th Avenue (which my friend Matthew called the "Unisex" snowflake), Macy's window displays, giant wreaths, musical light shows inside the Time Warner Center, the tree at Lincoln Center and the Christmas music pumping through speakers on Steinway Street in Queens are just a few of the things I'll miss seeing first-hand this year. When living up north, I always got really nostalgic for the south when the seasons changed to warmer weather. I love summertime in the south, even the blazing heat. There's nothing like a small-town 4th of July or a Southern Easter with a picnic. I hope I'm always able to embrace these feelings, as I think they keep me connected to where I have been and help remind me how I got to where I am today.

You are miiiiiiiiiiine! Myyyyyyyy mooooommmmyyyyyyyy! You will do what I say because I have cast a spell on you with my cuteness! Gimme Cheeeeeeeerrrriiiiiiiiooooooooooooooos!

It's a good place to be.

**Don't forget that Starbuck's will give you free coffee if you go in and tell them you voted! Certain Ben and Jerry's locations will also give you a free scoop! Yay, America!


Heather said...

Gah...have I told you how adorable your child is? It's stinkin rediculous!
And we don't have a Starbucks, or a Ben and Jerry's. Dangit. Maybe "Yay" Birmingham, but not "Yay" Andalusia...

AJU5's Mom said...

We are going to probably drive by the Ben and Jerry's and see how long the line is (and then decide if we want the scoop). We aren't coffee drinkers, so Starbucks isn't a draw at all!

I like were we live now - there is warmth in summer, nearby places wehre we can see the leaves change color, and SNOW! I do miss the small town I grew up in though with all of the decorations for Christmas - store windows painted (by my/my sisters' Girl Scout troops), lights on all of the buildings on Main Street, etc.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you put the picture of Dean in there! I miss y'all!

Surprised Suburban Wife said...

So jealous that you never knew snow or winter until you CHOSE to as an adult. But fall is very pretty, crispy and cozy. Too bad it's basically a rain-fest up in these parts.
Oh and Dean is definitely Megan's unknown long-distance love:)