Hold the Pumpkins!



I was out shopping today and was amazed at the amount of Halloween decorations already on display. Bear in mind, that today is August 26; it’s not September yet. Is it just me or do the years seem to be getting shorter and shorter? We all know the calendar never changes, so what is making the days move by faster? Where’s the fire, people?? Let’s slow down and enjoy September for what it has to offer before jumping head first into the rush of the holiday season.

It is, in my opinion, an awesome time of year full of change; in the weather, in Mother Nature’s colors and in people’s demeanor. Don’t get me wrong, the majority of us love summer time when the heat from the sun bakes your skin and adds warmth to your bones. You can sit on the beach burying your toes in the sand while ice cream from your cone drips down your arm, and you don’t have a care in the world.

However, it’s September when people can feel a change. With the inauguration of Fall, the air feels different. The flowers and leaves parched by August are transforming into beautiful colors of scarlet red, golden yellows, lime greens and more. Everything about Fall feels lush.

TOle_Miss_and_Mississippi_State_Egg_Bowl_1970she month of September offers us so much. If you’re lucky, it is a time when you can see a harvest moon and enjoy an Indian summer. We must even change the time on our clocks and unpack our sweaters. You know its Fall by the commencement of football season and the savory aromas from tailgate cookouts.

The first Monday of this month is set aside for the Labor Day. Officially it’s a holiday to honor the working force in the United States. However, the majority of folks use it as a kickoff to our farewell to those lazy summer days and a salute to cooler days to come. So gather with friends to celebrate with good food and drink and lift a glass to summer. Goodbye old friend.

Embrace September and take delight in the gentle chill of Fall, enjoy the new smells like apples and cinnamon while enjoying the sounds of crackling Fall leaves under your feet. Now, take a deep breath and hold on for the start of the mind-blowing blitz of the holiday season!

“When the goldenrod is yellow, And leaves are turning brown – reluctantly the summer goes in a cloud of thistledown.  When squirrels are harvesting and birds in flight appear – By these autumn signs we know September days are here.”  author, Beverly Ashour


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