‘There are many reasons to love September. Especially when we are in it’ – Willie Stargell.
Here are my top 3 reasons to find it fabulous:
The humidity condensing on my skin may still bestow the appearance of sweaty forearms but that’s ok because soon we will enter the most glorious few months of Abu Dhabi weather.
Yes, we have a few weeks to wait, but we all know it is coming. Long, lazy weekends enjoying beaches, parks and making the most of all those restaurants with amazing outside seating areas.
There will be challenges, the main one for me being how to stop Little O eating sand, but I am ready to rise to it.
I am desperately looking forward to being able to spend more than a few seconds outside and I’m dreaming of the first evening where I feel slightly chilly and need to wear a light cardigan. Bliss.
And no, I will not miss the moist forearms.
The ‘Back to School’ Feeling
Deeply ingrained since the new school terms of childhood, the month of September brings a feeling of new beginnings. Young and old, children or no children, the rhythm of the year seems to begin here.
Once upon a time, I would polish my Forever Friends pencil tin, cover my exercise books with pages from Smash Hits magazine and spend an unfeasibly long time colour-coding my school timetable using satisfyingly crisp new fluorescent highlighter pens.
As an adult (aside from the raging sandstorm currently blowing) the air seems full of potential. Life moves up a gear and normal service doesn’t just resume, it revs up. Personally, I’m getting ready to return to work and also planning plenty of time to escape into my little hideout, writing this blog.
Clearly I need material to write about, so the ‘term’ ahead brings beach play-dates, brunches, festivals, concerts, holidays and reunions of friends separated by the long summer holidays. Which brings me nicely to…
The Return of the Mums
Huge numbers of expat mums travel ‘home’ for extended periods during the summer. The coffee mornings stop, the soft play venues are quiet and facebook feeds are filled with pictures of cuddly new babies meeting family for the first time, toddlers running around on grass and the classic shot: child-in-an-aeroplane-seat (additional expat cachet for business class).
For those who’ve been there and done that, you’ll know these long summer trips are brilliant, fun filled, but non-stop and actually quite exhausting.
From mid-August onwards, the trickle of returning mums slowly gathers pace and becomes a veritable stampede of frazzled mothers very, very ready to return to our wonderful desert home. Or maybe that was just me!
Anyhow, I’m looking forward to sharing the year ahead with my mum-friends and blog followers. As always…. bring on the tea and cake!