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September Thoughts


"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
"

-   John Updike, September
 


     As a child, you may have dreaded the end of summer and the start of a new school year. On the other hand, you may have looked forward to seeing your friends again, playing sports or graduating to the next school grade.  

     Either way, September brings with it an abundance of sense memories like the sound of the school bus coming over the hill, the smells of school glue and library books, the feel of new leather shoes being broken in and the sight of hallways lined with lockers. 

     It is a time of introspection for Boomers as we watch our grandchildren head off to school. It seems we were just putting our children on the school bus for the first time.  How can the time have flown so quickly? 

       Let's be sure to embrace the sweet  memories of September.  Let's also take the time to share our September memories with our children and grandchildren, and most important, let's help them create happy memories of their own.



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