Like the frequent rainshowers (hello, umbrella and waterproof jackets)
Like the gazillions of leaves that you “crunch” on while walking. (hello, vacuum cleaner on my room’s carpeting)
Like the drop in temperature (hello, heater, jumpers, socks, socks and more socks)
Like the sun retiring early (hello, lamps)
Like the number of hot coffee and tea I have sipped from a warm mug (hello, caffeine!)
Saying goodbye to the summer months also meant one very sad thing for me—that is having to say goodbye to my flipflops pretty soon. I have been able to still wander around the corridors (and a few short trips outdoors) with it but my love for flipflops is not to the point of frostbite, so it will have to stay indoors or maybe parked in my room for sometime.
Not that everything’s all that bad now that summer is over—rest assured, the novelty of being in England has not exactly worn off. Autumn brings its own charms and most them are seen in the molten colors around me as I take walks. Thankfully the sun still comes out
most days. I also get to look “posh” ankle-length boots (bought from good ol’ ukay ukay) and nice jackets and scarves (courtesy of good friends).
Another hello that autumn brings is the warmth of new friendships. Having settled into the community life in college and finding your niche in it helps warm one up—it could be a hug, a cup of warm tea especially made by a friend, a special dish of extra hot Indian curry, a sweet, encouraging anonymous note slipped under your door, an exchange of private jokes and hand-signal greetings (too complicated to explain!), saturday DVD nights all huddled together in the warm TV room.
As a new friend would tease me when she clasps my perpetually cold hands, “Cold hands, warm heart.”
It’s nice to know that for every goodbye, there are hellos—and that for every draft of cold air, there is warm company to ward it off.