This month we are focusing on Autumn (Halloween if we wish). Raven is before me and Shethinkstoomuch follows next. There is a complete list at the end of this post. We can write anything, flash fiction, little-known facts, history… what ever we choose. I am choosing, not an essay, but a rambling of ideas and thoughts that I associate with the fall season.

Autumn, Fall if you will, means the beginning of the year to me. It’s the start of rushing through activities, school, work, the stress of the holidays… For me it is the new year. It is the comfort of an old routine starting again. The ending of the official year which goes quickly. Though December gets cold, and ice can start as soon as September, I don’t consider fall ending until January, then it’s Winter.

I remember the few years between highschool and college, I felt bereft and out of sink. My schedule was free, vacation was when ever I wanted, summer was just a season, not a break between school years. It did not feel right. I had just spent fourteen years on a schedule, school starts in September and ends in June. That was my year.

We have now been on a school routine for four years; getting all of the school supplies, seeing the classroom, meeting the teacher and shopping for clothes. I am still not good at that. The first day of school starts the ball rolling because the next thing will be picture day. Usually after picture day follows Halloween, even this year I am far from prepared. The costume is picked out, missing a few bits and pieces, which I will spend the next few weekends before the 31st finding. My own personal scavenger hunt.

Then Thanksgiving, and choosing something to make to contribute to the dinner. I always want to make something elaborate, but given my cooking skills, I’ll stick with bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. (If you have ever had them, they’re yummy!!). The prayer we participate in every year troubles me. I never know what to say, sometimes I feel I have nothing to say because everyone else has already said it, or I have tons of things to say and be thankful for, but I wish to keep my moment of speaking short. It is hard making the younger ones wait to eat, so many tempations sitting on the plate before them. (Well, I’m one of the young ones too.)

And now the mad dash for Christmas… what to get, what to get?? I never know. I try not to buy the same thing that I did the year before. Every year I mean to write down all the gifts I gave out, and never do. So starting in the beginning of fall, I start making my Christmas list, and checking it more than twice. Just to make sure I haven’t forgotten anyone or that special gift. Which reminds me, I have yet to find that special gift. I think every child deserves that ‘one’ gift under the tree, and I find it to be the hardest one to choose. Yet, I get it figured out every year, so no big worries yet.

By the time all of this is done, my year is on its way. Having all of the Holidays taken care of at the beginning of the year makes the rest of the year run smoothly. Kind of like getting your homework and chores done so you can play. A new year to begin…



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