In New Orleans the end of summer is excruciating. The heat continues on into the fall and the massive rainstorms become monotonous. Today was the first real day of cold. The whole atmosphere of campus changed. People became friendlier and almost everyone had a smile out. The college students on my campus became less rowdy which was nice because I enjoy peaceful days. Even the trees and the plants and the flowers and shrubs were happy.
These two squirrels (now staring at me) were chasing each other around the branches of this tree.Today feels magical. It’s the perfect temperature outside just enough to show off my new leather jacket but not harsh enough that I couldn’t be comfortable outside without one.
Everyone was well dressed today. I saw a girl in very feminine business attire. I typically dislike women business attire. The shoulders of the jacket are usually pointy which widens the shoulders and the flaps flair out so much that it makes the hips and waist look oddly large. They also somehow make the woman seem shorter than she actually is. This girls suit however was thin from the top to the bottom. Her hips naturally pushed the sides out and there was enough of a curve in the waist that it didn’t crinkle from the shape of her body. The shoulders were rounded. The suit was left open down the middle and slightly curved out near the base. She had a white shirt tucked in to her pants and relatively high heels on. She looked very tall and elegant. The openness of her Jacket gave a slimming white line down from her chest to her waist. The white shirt made her look clean, somewhat pure and inviting, coupled with the bluish grey jacket. If only she’d smiled her outfit would have been complete.
Some girls just refuse to smile. Perhaps it’s some sort of emotional defense mechanism against being hit on. A smile however can mean many things. I smiled at a man walking down the sidewalk and it was like saying “I can see your a confident dude. I hope you have a good day.” I gave some friendly smiles to other people today as well. It’s the manner of the smile and who you’re smiling at that gives it meaning. This other girl I saw walking down the path in the middle of campus wore a daring, but still somewhat conservative outfit on. It was formal in essence. The way she walked however changed the manner in which I smiled. Her shoulders were arched back, She held a strong steady pace, and her stride ebbed and flowed with boldness. She wanted to be recognized. She spent her whole morning planning how she wanted to be seen. I made sure to locked eyes with her when we walked past each other and for a moment she tried to hold back her expression. Her face lit up with the truth. The truth is in the eyes. When two people share a gaze there’s no hiding your inner truth. Her expression looked like something between blushing, and in a word, “I know you think i’m sexy and I like the way you’re looking at me.” The energy passed between us was powerful. My body tingled with the bit of her existence that she shared with me. I didn’t feel like I needed anything more from the encounter. The colors became more vibrant and the sounds of the earth, clearer. That moment we shared catapulted my mood.