AUTUMNAL THOUGHTS: some random thoughts for September

[THIS IS A POSTING FROM LAST SEPTEMBER, 2010.  HOWEVER, I HAVE ADDED SOME EDITING AT THE END WHICH MAKES IT CURRENT.   JUST THOUGHT I'D POINT OUT HOW SOME THOUGHTS ARE ETERNAL, NOT RESTRICTED TO A SPECIFIC YEAR!]

Like it or not, the summer has come to a close.   There may be some beautiful weather ahead for the next couple of months, but it doesn’t pay to live in the denial that summer is gone.

This is a good time to take note of some autumnal thoughts:

  1. Is it more literary to refer to autumn rather than fall?  Somehow it sounds more scholarly.  But the truth is that it doesn’t matter.  They mean the same thing.  Summer is gone.
  2. The first day of autumn doesn’t come until the 21st of September.   But I don’t have to wait until then to recognize the signs.
  3. I never have understood the whole chlorophyll/sun rays thing about why leaves on the trees change color.  I’ve heard the scientific explanation every year for decades, but it still seems to have something to do with cooler air.
  4. In all the focus on students beginning or returning to school, has anyone stopped to think about the teachers and paraprofessionals in our school systems who are returning also?  How about a shout-out to one of the hardest-working group of dedicated adults in the country? Does a family ever take a “beginning of the school year” photo of the teacher standing in front of a bush with (her) lunch bag?
  5. This is the first September when a number of my friends will not be returning to their desks and classrooms in schools, having come to the point of retirement.  It takes several years for teachers to get past the feeling of something being wrong when the autumn weather returns and they aren’t in the classroom.  Ask me, I’ve been there.
  6. There really is something called a “football day.”  You can feel it, see it, smell it, and hear it.     If you like hot dogs like I do, you can taste it, too.
  7. Isn’t it funny how the day just happens when wearing shorts and a tee shirt aren’t right any more?  Monday was one of those days.  Long pants were in order, even though it was a beautiful, warm day.
  8. It’s always a race to decide if it is the falling leaves or the political yard signs that win the race to announce that Labor Day is past and we’re into a new season.
  9. Isn’t the sound of geese flying South something that sends a thrill through your system?  I just hate the thought that it means that we are near to the time when s*** will be falling. (I can’t say the word out loud just yet.)
  10. Re-runs have had it.  Thank goodness that new shows begin to appear.
  11. I’m winding down on my addiction to watching Red Sox baseball.  I don’t get the feeling that it will be overlapping with the beginning of NCAA basketball this year!
  12. I don’t look forward to jackets, then coats, then hats and gloves.  I could do with a few months of just a light sweater.
  13. God, I love apples! We drove through the orchards of Upstate New York recently, and the trees are overloaded with great looking apples.  They tell me this is a good crop this year.  The weather was perfect.
  14. Did you ever notice that the wind isn’t blowing until you go outside to sweep up the leaves on your driveway?  Then, all of a sudden, the breezes start and the battle to get the leaves into the Home Depot bags begins.
  15. Truth be known, I think autumn is the most beautiful season of the year.  I just hope that it lasts for a few months.

[AND NOW, FOR SOME 2011 UPDATES:]

  • My creative friend Greg, is the one who will be retiring at the end of this school year after inspiring thousands of young people in his High School English classes in Upstate New York.  Time to put all his energy into his Zydeco band!
  • I think my Red Sox are doing just fine this year, and yes, I do believe they will be overlapping with the football season.  I have World Series fever!
  • My dread of winter and s*** was right on the button last year.   It also signaled two months of hospitalization and illness for me.  I don’t expect to repeat that this year!
  • I never expected to be coming off a late-summer hurricane in New England.   Here’s hoping that this Autumn/Fall will make up for the desert-like heat and frightening Irene of 2011!
  • The official first day of Autumn/Fall this year is September 23.

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