It’s A Metaphor. Autumn In The South.

2014 November 6

I have a thing for metaphors.

it's a metaphor john green quote


It’s unnatural; my love of the juxtaposed comparison— we don’t talk about it in public.
The way words can paint the picture in your mind’s eye better than any photographer could capture. I am madly deeply in love with wonderful metaphors.

Sometimes I underline metaphors in books I’m reading. Shhh I’m also a dog-earer of pages. I’m over 40, I own the book, it’s allowed.


From my new fave author: Liane Moriarty in her book Big Little Lies…


“She tapped her fingers on the table trying to think of the right way to describe the Blonde Bobs. They’re like mom prefects. They feel very strongly about their roles as school mums. It’s like their religion. They’re fundamentalist mothers.”

“Mothers took their mothering so seriously now. Their frantic little faces. Their busy little bottoms strutting into the school in their tight gym gear. Ponytails swinging. Eyes fixed on the mobile phones held in the palms of their hands like compasses.”

“It was repeating those stupid little words he’d said. They needed to stay secret to keep their power. Now they were deflating the way a jumping castle sagged and wrinkled as the air hissed out.”

“She’d always known that her reaction to that night had been too big, or perhaps too small. She hadn’t ever cried. She hadn’t told anyone. She’d swallowed it whole and pretended it meant nothing, and therefore it had come to mean everything.”

“Madeline had her mood under control, like a rabid dog on a tight leash.”

Just a few. From only ONE of her books. I died when I realized she was describing the perfect little Australian room moms as Blond Bobs. They all cut their hair the same and walk and talk the same. And YOU KNOW THAT group of moms in your school. I KNOW you do.

That’s what a fabulous metaphor is all about. Describing something in vivid color with a comparison much better than you ever could describing literally what it is.

A metaphor is SHOWING you with mind pictures.

As I was driving to get my haircut fixed… (And I do mean fixed… worst haircut of my life last week… we’ll discuss the nightmare when I am brave enough for a selfie again.)… I saw fall colors sailing past me and thought, it’s about time! First week of November is here already and October in the South does NOT conjure words or images like ‘the leaves shimmered the way the sun sparkles across a lake in the late afternoon’ or ‘the foliage was adorned with its favorite lipstick ready for date night’.


Autumn in the South is more like a slow burn. At first the fire won’t start at all and finally a chilly spell and a surprise night storm act like starter fluid for a day or two and there’s a miniature whirlwind of gold bangles and pumpkin spice in the windy tops.

Then the fire stalls again. It smolders and instead of roaring into a bonfire of maroon sunset hues… the yellows mellow and the greens linger.

I miss the watercolors of a mountain dressed in fall.

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7 Responses
  1. November 7, 2014

    Seriously… there is NO such thing as autumn in the south! We go straight from summer to winter down here – – I miss the transition where you can wear jeans, long sleeve shirt, and be comfortable. I feel like you go from being too hot in a tank top here to needing a winter coat!

  2. November 9, 2014

    I’ve kind of gotten used to the way we have falls. Some years fall weather lasts for weeks, then there are times it goes back and forth between fall and early summer and other times you blink and it’s winter already.
    Twitter: yummommies

  3. November 9, 2014

    Our seasons have definitely changed a lot here in Michigan over the recent few years. Our spring and fall seem to be disappearing when they use to feel really long. Makes me sad.

  4. November 10, 2014

    There are four seasons in Houston. Hot, Hotter, Hotterer, and Hurricane season.

  5. November 11, 2014

    If you think this is no Fall you need to go to Western New York *LOL* I do love some good metaphors though!
    Twitter: mommybknowsbest

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