I wanted to say “top of the mornin’ to you Autumn” …

Today we welcomed Autumn.

But, instead of our grumpy declaration that “parting is such sweet sorrow” which is usually muttered as we watch Summer slowly slip away, it sure is easy to embrace the new season given our simply spectacular weather. It sure doesn’t feel like Fall, but, of course for the longest time it didn’t feel much like Spring or Summer either when those seasons arrived.

This morning, I took along a cardigan and begrudgingly I think I soon shall be giving up wearing the capris since my calves were chilly.

This crisp weather gives me extra pep and I decided to pick up my pace a tad in keeping with that goal to get a five-mile walk done in under an hour by next Labor Day. Of course, it takes awhile to get acclimated in the Spring to be walking that many miles at one time, but I hope to get ‘er done, so stay tuned.

Even the squirrels seemed to have heaps of energy and the now-plentiful brown acorns are strewn everywhere. Those squirrels make me smile when they take daring passes to dart across your path as you near a pile of “their” acorns on the sidewalk. I always want to tell them that peanuts, especially peanut butter, are more my favorite food, rather than acorns, but those words will fall on deaf ears. Even the Google Doodle today was about these whimsical furry creatures.

Soon the grade school children will be bringing home their Fall artwork, those crayoned drawings or construction paper cutouts of leaves, pumpkins and turkeys, then asking for them to be posted in the living room window, or, at the very least, on the fridge door. Some parents will wish this handiwork would have stayed in the classroom instead.

I was thinking of my early school days as I walked along on this first day of Fall. As a young child, I remember being taught those valuable lessons, like reciting the ABCs, or counting aloud one to ten, as well as learning how to print or write in cursive between the lines. My mom and I practiced those lessons long before kindergarten, including singing that little ditty about the amount of days in each of the calendar months. How many of you, if asked how many days are in August, have to think about it? Perhaps you must dissect that childhood rhyme “thirty days hath September …”, and, in that vein, I thought the change of seasons always happened on the 21st, i.e. the 21st of March, June, September and December, representing Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter respectively. The 2015 autumnal equinox falls on the 23rd of September. Maybe too many years have passed since I learned that concept, … or maybe it’s just me.

I was conflicted about what nice quote to use to commemorate this brand-new season … perhaps some warm and fuzzy thought to welcome Autumn? Or, with the arrival of Pope Francis, how about an insightful quote from the Pontiff? But, then there was the sad news of Yogi Berra’s passing. All those years when I circulated a daily thought for the day, I often used his most-memorable and colorful, malaprop-riddled quotes.

Alas, how about if we herald this chilly season’s arrival with these wise words:

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just. ~ Pope Francis

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to I wanted to say “top of the mornin’ to you Autumn” …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    It’s been beautiful to walk or jog with this weather. Can you believe the warmth of the sunny days? I wished I could remember these days when the snow is blowing.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    It has been beautiful Marge and weather forecaster says the nice weather will last through next Tuesday, maybe Wednesday. Next Wednesday will be September 30th, and if the weather stays beautiful, I might just get to 500 miles … 3 months early! Funny you said that about remembering the nice weather when the snow is blowing … everyone likes the weather guy these days, but not so much in the Winter, then he’s only the evil messenger.


  3. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………I’ve always taught and remembered the beginning and end of spring – Fall was on or near the 21st………………………….is that a real for sure Pope Francis quote?……He’s my man


    • lindasschaub says:

      I’m glad I am not the only one – I was surprised when suddenly the beginning of the seasons was on the 20th … but the 23rd … that’s a first for me. I did get that off a quote site for Pope Francis. His speech at the White House was incredible … well spoken in the English language, considering it is a second language. I think he is fluent in other language too – unless I am confusing him with another Pope? I searched for a quote on “Brainy Quote” … I get alot of quotes from there. Here it is at the very tippy top of the page. I was looking for a religious quote, but this worked because of the word “cold” and I was talking about chilly weather. Top left-hand corner: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/pope_francis.html


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