A couple of months ago, my wife moved up north. She is going up there to be able to finish her graduate courses for her doctorate. I live in the south, and I am hating having this long distance marriage. Something has to change because I’ve about had it. It is fall now, and she has been gone for a couple of months. When we were talking, she told me that she is going to buy heavier clothing this week. It was only forty degrees and she had the furnace running to keep it warm. It was still ninety degrees here and I still have the air conditioning running constantly. I’d love to be able to turn off the air conditioner and just relax in the cooler air. I’d love to be able to see the colors change on the trees and to feel the crispness in the air. I think I know why northerners move to the south when winter finally arrives. It is easier to stay warm. They always go back north when summer arrives. I imagine the smell of the fireplace as it slowly warms the house and then I think about how many people must die because of lack of heating and they end up freezing to death. I tried to tell her that she should move closer north and get a college that offered the same degree and at the same price. She is intuitive and she knew I was asking her to get closer to me, but she said it wasn’t possible at the moment. I think I will have to just take off a winter and move up there for the winter. I can experience a real fall and a real winter, and be closer to my wife.