Ok...so we've been back in the south for a little over a week now. We've all had so much fun we can't stand it. We've eaten and played and eaten and swam and eaten and visited friends and eaten......get the picture. I'm sure I've gained at least 10 pounds.
Anyway.... I wanted to share with you some of the things about my former home that I took for granted. I hardly noticed these little differences while living here in the deep south until I moved away and came back to visit. Here are a few.
The First has to do with the humidity. Now, I knew that this existed. I knew I was going to be slapped in the face by it as soon as I stepped off the airplane. What I didn't realize is the little tricks it plays. Humidity holds smells in the air. It amplifies them. I never noticed this before. It also puts a little spin on smells like mildew and perfume. I know this sounds crazy, but old buildings take on a new life with humidity, and ladies at church can be smelled miles away.
The second thing is the trees. Of course there are a million more trees here in the south then the southwest, and these trees are much much taller and bigger. It took a year of living in the desert to point out the magic that the sun and these trees can create. The sun passes through all of these limbs and leaves dappling the ground and various objects with the most glorious light. It's simple beauty high lighting all of God's glorious creations. I know you may find this silly that I'm just now noticing this. It's not that I'm just noticing it, I guess I've just missed seeing it for a year or so.
Again...we have all had so much fun. We have almost one more week until we head back to the desert. I'm going to go for now so I can watch the sun break through the trees as the humidity holds the smells of summer in the air for me.