do the math

It's starting to get cold. I've already had to swap the lightweight blanket on our bed for a down comforter. It's actually supposed to get down to 45 tonight -- and without indoor heating, the temperature inside our house won't be much higher than that.

But even while my senses know that winter is approaching, sometimes my mind still glitches.

The other night I saw a commercial on TV advertising a women's magazine. While the cover of the magazine filled the screen, with its bold headline: "Autumn Fashions", the announcer informed me that "the April issue is now on sale." I did a double-take to make sure my eyes and ears weren't tricking me. Surely, there must be a mistake. And then I remembered! And chuckled.

No matter how long I live in the southern hemisphere, April will always equal Spring.