The sudden change in weather is not just a little startling. We’ve had sunny days and warm weather for so long that I’d forgotten that it’s past mid-October, well into autumn. It was too easy to take for granted the t-shirts, shorts, short skirts, flip flops, and now I miss them with a ferocity I didn’t know I had. It’s strange to sleep with two blankets instead of one, to have your head be cold, while your body fights for warmth, curling into a fetus position. To wake up without bits of the sun streaming through the slits of window blinds. My car is frosted over, and my head sympathesizes–that’s exactly what it must look like in my brain. It’s no wonder I have a headache.

Every year I go through this, but it doesn’t make it any less painful.