I like winter!
- The icy air that you can feel in your lungs
- The graphic patterns of dead trees, especially in snowy landscapes
- The cocooning feeling you get when your head is isolated in a hoodie – it’s so quiet
- The ability to defy the elements and walk around with bare thighs and make every other woman envious – how does she do that and is not cold???
- How satisfying it is to take refuge inside
- And to feel your fingers prick when they’re restoring after feeling frozen outside
- Those long nights near a fireplace at the pub
- Funny looking Spanish tourists covered in layers and hats, they’ve finally stopped bragging for the year
- The anticipation of Christmas fun board games nights (why do people play board games only in winter? I love board games all year round!)
- The hope it will snow, the disappointment it doesn’t
- How good it feels to wake up still tired and decide to actually stay in bed
I like spring!
- The days that are longer and longer
- The fascinating pagan traditions and symbols of rebirth
- How everyone feels light-hearted
- Watching the mama ducks set their eggs and later protect them when I’m coming too close
- The anticipation of summer
- The contrast between those who dress safely and suffocate during the day and those who take risks in their outfit and get cold at night
- All the ladies’ white legs (many of which will do all they can to get brown for a few weeks before getting white again)
- How nature reminds you that winter has been long because the first sun shines totally burn your skin
- The first beers on a terrace
- The hope it will get warm, and the disappointment it doesn’t
- A horizon that enlarges, as do the tasty vegetables and fruits that become available week after week
I like summer!
- The warmer weather obviously
- The long days and the bright light that make me feel so energetic and less sleep-reliant
- The delightful sensation of fresh air on my bare skin
- Walking bare feet everywhere, at home, on the plane, in the grass, even in the office, and driving bare feet as well
- The hope it will get warm and the disappointment it doesn’t
- The joy of being outside and never shiver
- Even if it’s raining and I need an umbrella, I’m still outside and don’t shiver, ha!
- Stubbornly always outside and not shivering
But I hate autumn!
- The vegetable and fruit offer that becomes scarcer and scarcer day after day (cabbage anyone?)
- The days that become shorter, one minute shorter every day, and the mood-killing winter time switch of October that finishes you off
- People who pathetically indulge into spendthrift madness at meaningless events such as Halloween then Christmas
- The anticipation of the Christmas blackout that makes the workload accumulate ridiculously, just as you feel more tired and less energetic
- The air’s wetness
- The viruses that spread around
- And the friends who have babies call you off because the babies have viruses
- The impossibility to get dressed appropriately because nobody has invented mid-season waterproof clothes and shoes, so if temperature is fine then you’re wet, or if you’re dry then you’re sweaty as fuck
- The laundry that can’t get dry and smells
- The eternal debate whether we should start turning the heating on – no come on let’s wait until November! – yes but I’m cold…!
- The insane lukewarm atmosphere of British offices as these ones don’t care about the environment and do switch the heating on in September, when it’s actually still warm outside
- Wasted travel plans spent inside or ruining a camera outside taking bad photos
- The leaves that fall, demonstrating that it is irremediably the end of the pretty days
- And these same leaves that become so dangerously slippery when wet!
- A season called fall by the Americans, can only mean the fall of all the hopes for the year
- The anticipation it will rain, and the assurance it does
- The alliteration of raining and crying which works only in French but is so alive in my mind after the poet Verlaine’s verse: It’s crying in my heart as it rains over the city (Il pleure dans mon coeur comme il pleut sur la ville)
Aaaaaaaaah! I hate autumn!