Septembers in the Delta are not the same as up North. Last week it was nearly 100 degrees for several days. This week it’ll be in the 90s. Mid-afternoon still feels nearly as bad as July. To a New Yorker like myself this is still summer weather.
But you can feel the difference at night. For the first time since moving down here the humidity isn’t oppressive. One can even dare to say it’s a bit chilly after dark. Of course I shouldn’t get my hopes up. Mississippi doesn’t get that autumn chill. I’ll miss that. But after a summer of 100 degree heat and high humidity 70 will feel down right cool. At least watering the community garden will be more pleasant.
My life has changed too. I’ve settled into life down here. Work, home, the occasional visit from my dad and stepmother. A routine has developed. The Delta is no longer new the way it was a few months ago. People no longer ask if I am with Teach for America and I have made a few friends. This blog has changed too in tone, if not in scope.
But that’s just a sign of settling in. The fact I have built (and continue to build) a life for myself is a result of natural growth and change. New York is not the be all and end all. Neither is Mississippi. It’s just one more stage of a larger journey.