Autumn comes to Bellingham, every year without exception, with an indisputable certainty. Oh, we might still get some stunningly beautiful sunny days, days when we can pretend it’s still summer, but temperatures are decidedly cooler, rain is more frequent, and the deciduous trees burst into yellows, reds, and oranges with a suddenness that can be startling.
It could be argued that I’ve already written enough about the rain in Bellingham (posts 1, 2, 3…), but yesterday was the day when Autumn came to town, with an attitude, an attitude that seemed to say, “Listen people, put away those shorts and t-shirts, get out those sweaters and your rain gear, forget about staining your deck, it’s fall and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.”
We’d all benefit from this sage advice right about now:
Can you hear me,
That when it rains and shines
It’s just a state of mind?
—from “Rain” by John Lennon
It’s just a state of mind, and for some people more so than others. I just happened to come across a great interview with Elvis Costello, wherein he discusses his forthcoming new album, and which included this nugget:
OWH: There’s a lot of rain in this collection of songs. Is the storm brewing or abating?
EC: It rains a lot where I think.