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It's September...

and I can smell the change in the air. The wind has an edge to it, cutting into the end of August.

The new month when school is back. A new term. The kids and life is structured again. A semblance of control within the loosely organised chaos.
When I was a school kid, I looked forward to the new school year. Each new term. The new start. The wiping of the slate and the turning over of the leaves. I felt I had another chance to do it well. To do good. As an adult I miss the having of new beginnings. I have to forgive and forget myself. We all tend to ring in the changes at New Year. A celebration which always leaves me cold. Cold as the winter. Too bracing to embrace the new.

Autumn is a time when the trees wear a brightly coloured coat of an orange, brown, yellow and gold mosaic. A dream coat. They drop their technicolour leaves. Divesting of the year long journey. They stand naked and vulnerable in the wind and rain. A rebirth. Renewal. Reinvention. In the humdrum of routine. The monotony of the familiar. The everyday.

Welcome the opportunity in our life of adulthood, to do better with each and every new day.

(written a year ago....the song remains the same huh?)


  1. I, too, think of September as the beginning of a new year - I guess it comes from the shool year (being both a student and a teacher.) I had some fun today putting together a binder full of French lessons on topics that my oldest students will be covering this year - le futur simple, le conditionnel, etc. Imagine my getting a thrill out of French grammar! lol Happy New Year!

  2. And I hear you singing.

    This is me joining in very badly
    back row.

    (For me, New Year's sucks. Just a fabrication. This is the stuff, the real turning of seasons. Rejoice:))


  3. love the smell of Autumn. It's my most favourite tim eof the year. The smell, the colours, the change in the air....beautiful....time to cast away the old leaves and clean the slate ready for new ones ...yes indeed

  4. Maybe we should celebrate new year on the 1st of September, everything else seems to start then :-)

  5. Yep, it's a good song!

    I'm looking forward to school starting too (9/13). The routine and structure of the day makes me far more productive.

    Hope you have a fin weekend, jj

  6. Evocative writing. Glad to have found your blog, it looks interesting!

  7. I always find kicking up the fallen leaves quite therapeutic too.

  8. For me this time of year just signifies the beginning of a very long drudge towards my much beloved summer! Funny how we all see things differently

    Hugs to you

  9. I had a dream. Crazy dream.
    Anything I wanted to know, any place I needed to go

    Hear my song. People won't you listen now? Sing along.
    You don't know what you're missing now.
    Any little song that you know
    Everything that's small has to grow.
    And it has to grow!

    California sunlight, sweet Calcutta rain
    Honolulu starbright - the song remains the same.

    Sing out Hare Hare, dance the Hoochie Koo.
    City lights are oh so bright, as we go sliding... sliding... sliding through.


    Autumn my favourite time of year too - sadly this year no trip with work to New England and the chance to plan a drive up i395 back into Boston through the woods and all the colours. Never mind.

  10. I didn't mind school, but I am glad I don't have to fight over the best seat in the classroom ever again. I don't have to hope (against hope really) to make a friend that year. I don't have to listen to teachers rambling on and on and on about something boring.

    On the other hand, I do miss the new beginnings. Trying to reinvent yourself (which never worked for me by the way). Making new friends (it did happen sometimes), doing new stuff. Perhaps we should all move job every three years!

  11. Oh yes! Absolutely with you on the New Year thing...all that hooha and promises. With you too on autumn...found the first red Virginia Creeper leaf today and the wood is all stacked and ready [finished it off while dad was snoozing] .XXX

  12. I do love autumn, Sara, and you have captured it in all its splendour here... Albeit a year ago...

    I had a blip a week or two ago when I realised I didn't have to go and refresh bits of the school uniform Grizz no longer needs... It's an odd time this year, eh?

    My love to you, precious, and so sorry about my absence - How I have missed you and t'Interwebs! xox

  13. I can't recall ever looking forward to a new school term! But I do like the kick that you get at the start of a new month.

  14. Love your writing..
    Autumn is my favourite beginnings, the light, the land changing....everything.

  15. I love this post. I never noticed it so much when I was growing up in the south, but in New York, there is definitely a moment when summer shifts to fall. One single moment where the haze of humidity goes away and you go into work in summer and you come out and it's fall.


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