Welcome to October! This has always been my favorite month of the year because it seems to signify the real change in season (September still feels like summer to me). I love the change in seasons. I love the colors and the crisp cool air, too.
Some of the things I love about October:
- Crispy, crunch autumn leaves on the sidewalk.
- Caramel apples.
- Halloween Music (e.g., Thriller, Monster Mash, Psycho Theme Song, I Put a Spell on You, Halloween, The Magic of Halloween).
- Apple crisp.
- Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin face mask.
- Cool crisp air.
- The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (definitely a Shining Moment).
- Fashion: Tweed, Boots, Corduory, Cashmere.
- College football
- Vegetarian chili.
- Candy corn.
- A long walk in the autumn sunshine.
- New seasons of Modern Family and The Good Wife (all of which I watched for hours on end on my couch).
This October has special significance because on October 22nd five years ago, I had to have a hysterectomy. It feels like it was yesterday and it feels like it was 100 years ago. What a “few years” in this life it has been, filled with hardship and pain, but also resilience and Shining Moments.
I hope that this is an extraordinary month for you!
Crispy air and azure skies,
High above, a white cloud flies,
Bright as newly fallen snow.
Oh the joy to those who know October!
Colors bright on bush and tree.
Over the weedy swamp, we see
A veil of purple and brown and gold.
Thy beauty words have never told. October!
Scolding sparrows on the lawn,
Rabbits frisking home at dawn,
Pheasants midst the sheaves of grain,
All in harmony acclaim, October!
Brown earth freshly turned by plow,
Apples shine on bended bough,
Bins o’erflowed with oats and wheat,
And satisfaction reigns complete. October!
Radiant joy is everywhere.
Spirits in tune to the spicy air,
Thrill in the glory of each day.
Life’s worth living when we say, October!
- Joseph Pullman Porter