Exactly one month ago today, I took a leap of faith and returned to a city that has become a home. It’s been a hectic, helter-skelter kind of month, but I don’t regret that decision for a single moment.
I lived in Toronto for almost 5 years, mostly while in University, and was extraordinarily happy during that time. I was a bit concerned that I was chasing a faded past by returning, somehow subconsciously expecting to pick up right where I left off. But the city has changed, almost unrecognizably, and I have, too. We are becoming reacquainted on a new level, not necessarily one that is deeper, but one matched to a different stage of life.
My life is starting to take shape now, though I won’t jinx developments in the works by discussing them. Needless to say, I will share when the time is right…. Hopefully soon!
A very good friend of mine works for the University of Toronto (my alma mater) and he recently showed me a view of the University and the city that I had never seen before. That slight change in perspective drastically altered my impression of the appearance of an area I used to know quite well, and seems to symbolize my newly-forming relationship with my adopted home.
Once I decided to move back to Toronto (really more of an epiphany than a decision), I needed to figure out when. I made the decision in early summer, but as I was working on a thesis that was due at the end of August, it didn’t make sense to uproot myself before then. For one reason or another, I remained at home for most of September, but I promised myself I would be sure to spend as much of Autumn as possible in Toronto. It really is the best season (winter = too cold, summer = too hot, spring = doesn’t really exist…) and I’m making it a top priority to enjoy the sunny days, the changing leaves, the wind that whips my skirt up over my head, and even the rain before it gets so cold that I only want to hibernate…
I’d like to finish this post with a few quotes about my favorite season, as I’m feeling rather poetical tonight and enamored of Fall.
” Just before the death of flowers, And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season, when nature is all aglow.” — Unknown
“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on,
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings,
as now in October.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” — Henry David Thoreau (That man just CRACKS me up!)
“I ‘m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (One of my favorite books to read when I want/need to rejoice in the absolute wonderful-ness of life!)
“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” — Humbert Wolfe
Now for October eves, indeed! I wish you all very Happy Falls, full of crisp blue skies, hot tea and chocolate sipped while wandering through the multicolored outdoors, and many friends and lovely times in cozy places while the rain and leaves fall outside!