Septembers

September gets shortchanged. We scramble to complete summer projects and errands while days are still warm and sunlight is still ample. These days do we schedule anything in September because it is September?

When I was a city kid, August was still part of summer vacation, followed by the back-to-school month, with the start day usually after Labor Day. School shopping and closet switching (you know, putting fall/winter garments front and center, with spring/summer to the upstairs or downstairs or the far dark corners), putting the pool away, finding the rakes, washing windows and screens, swapping the curtains – these tasks were delegated to September. It was a work month: homework and housework.

Once the Labor Day parade was over and the grill cleaned from the cookout, everyone was in bed early from the hustle and bustle of one day off. September slipped into a somber state while we looked eagerly toward awesome October with its fall colors, playful piles of leaves, bonfires, chili, homemade Halloween costumes and decorations and rehearsals of tricks to perform for treats on that bewitched night of neighborhood fun.

September, now that I am all grown up, I do appreciate you a bit more. I enjoy sleeping later; it has been a busy summer. Decorate? No. What does September look like? (For some of us, we might need to get 4th of July stuff down).  You don’t get enough acclaim for giving us the autumn equinox. To celebrate that, I will hang a fall wreath but in October when the leaves change colors. Till then, September, you and I will chill and enjoy just hanging around.

This first appeared in my Close to Home column in Doniphan’s local weekly, the Prospect-News.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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