I'm invigorated as I write this - I just came back from a walk to the park with a friend and her wonderful girls. The air was brisk, the leaves were flying (according to the almost-three-year-old), and there was a certain energy in the air.
After the park we celebrated the end of summer with a last ice cream of the season at Ed's here in the Beach (a fond farewell to burnt marshmallow until next season), and talked about our plans for the fall. I started to get so excited just thinking about it - my favourite season of the year and all the fun it promises!
|My sisters Joan and Janet set for school, circa 1964. This|
was before "packing purses" started, but you can be sure
Janet packed that bookbag with great care.
For me, fall is when everything returns to normal after a summer of feeling completely enervated (GW) by the heat and humidity. I'm no longer trapped inside the air conditioning, and can leave doors and windows open, and go for big long walks. I start baking again in the fall. Even work gets better with people back and revived after their holidays - you can actually get things done again because everyone is in the office for a change! And of course fall is all about apples and football and cute jackets with colourful scarves and clear skies and colourful leaves and cozy nights.
My Mum and I actually dubbed September first as our New Year's celebration about ten years ago. We were sitting on the dock up at the cottage after a really nice summer, and we were actually looking forward to getting back to the city. Our guests had all left, and it was a little forlorn up there, and we started talking about our plans for the fall and getting excited about it. We decided that much more than January first, September first felt like a time of New Beginnings and anticipation, and that has stuck with us ever since!
I have so much to look forward to this fall - a long weekend in Chicago, a basement renovation, and a trip to Maui, to name a few. And of course I'm excited that, like the new fall season on TV, you can all look forward once again to regular postings on The Musings of Barbara Jean!
And so now I'm off to pack my purse for tomorrow. It may not be the first day of school for me, but that's no excuse for being off-season. :)
Happy New Year to you all!