As an expat, we all go through bouts of homesickness.... smells, sights, sounds, tastes... things that remind us of something "back home".
Today my first class was out in one of the portable buildings, so I had to walk outside to get back to the main building after class. As I stepped out from that portable building, into the bright sunlight of what was really just a typical Thursday morning, I was hit with a huge wave of nostalgia... all connected to the smell of fall.
Did you know you can smell fall? You can.
It's cool and crisp, but at the same time, warm and comforting.
The heat and drain of summer is over.
The cold and dark of winter has not yet arrived.
It's the in-between time, my MOST FAVORITE TIME of the year.
I looked up and saw, for the first time this year, that the green on the trees is a little less green and the hints of yellow, red, and orange were already showing themselves.
Yes, fall has arrived.
It's chilly enough to need a jacket, but not too cold that you want to run inside for cover.
It is PERFECT.
The nostalgia that flooded my mind this morning was related to one thing. I miss football season, especially high school football. Sounds silly, I know. But it is such a big part of Texas culture and life...
I miss putting on my red and blue t-shirt in support of the "Eagles" on a Friday night.
I miss gathering in the stands which are filled to bursting with everyone from the community, all gathered to support "their team".
I miss the sound of the whistle signaling that first kick-off.
I miss the clock ticking down to signal the arrival of half-time when the band takes the field.
I miss the cheerleaders who are able to inspire thousands of people to "build that spirit up" and cheer on the boys.
I miss holding my breath as the wide receiver sprints to the goal line with no time left on the clock.
I think my nostalgia can be illustrated best through this song.... Whether you like country music or not, please take 8 minutes and just watch the video. Especially if you don't know who the "Boys of fall" are.... I think it will help to explain the sense of community and pride that something as "silly" as football can instill in people.