Sunday, October 01, 2006

Hello, October

October might be my favorite month. Living in the deep south, fall starts later here than in other places, and October is usually the month when it really feels like summer is over. Back when I was in high school, I was in the marching band, and October was when I was finally glad for the heavy uniforms. In September, the coats and long pants were nothing but sheer misery, but with October came crisp, clear nights when that extra bit of fabric and padding came in handy.

October is the smell of wood smoke and the colors of turning leaves. October is Saturday afternoon football and waning daylight. It's the time when little kids start plotting and planning their Halloween costumes and dreaming of bags full of Smarties, M & Ms and bubble gum. It's the month of my mother's birthday and the month when I fell in love for the first time almost thirty years ago. (Awwww).

And October was when I promised myself that I'd get back to my writing. And I did. Three pages today, just as I'd projected. Yay me!


Gina Black said...

What instrument did you play in the marching band? I was a flautist. :)

Paula said...

I was a flautist my freshman and sophomore years, but at the end of my sophomore year, almost the entire low brass section graduated. (We were a tiny band--at a school with over 800 students, our band was maybe 40-strong. Needless to say, we few, we geeky few, we band of brothers, weren't exactly the most popular people in school).

So my junior year, during our week-long band camp, I learned to play the baritone horn (treble clef) and played baritone my junior and senior years.

Jen said...

Congrats! Yeah, October is my fav. month too...mainly because of Halloween :) I'm already wearing pumpkin earrings, haha, I know, I'm such a dork. I LOVE IT!!!

Carla Swafford said...

My husband and I met 35 years ago. October 2, 1971 - probably around 8 pm. Yeah. I like October, too.