Another turned page

Even for those who aren't in school, fall is full of promise.  York County, Virginia, November 2008

Even for those who aren’t in school, fall is full of promise.
York County, Virginia, November 2008

“…that old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”Wallace Stegner

Though it has been many years since I last went to school, or even had children who did, I still feel the excitement in September.  Something about the cooling autumn air carries with it the sense of new beginnings, people to meet and things to learn; the chance, as Stegner so vividly describes, to start over with a clean slate.

Many of you are teachers, students or both; others have children or grandchildren starting a new school year.  But even those of us who don’t fit into any of those categories can get into the spirit of anticipation, as we bid the last of the summer weather farewell and settle in for the bustle of upcoming holidays and cozy evenings filled with friends, books and a mug of hot tea, coffee or cocoa.

May you have a lovely day, filled with the best of “that old September feeling.”

One year ago today:

In the fall

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

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