October Smiles



October- my favorite month of the year! Cool weather tiptoes in as a welcome smile. Like a comforting shawl, the shorter days hold us closer. This is the time of year where we enjoy seasonal foods of butternut squash and apple butter. Summer salads are replaced by soothing warm soups.

One of favorite memories is when I was living in Virginia as a child. With my father off in Vietnam, my mother would rake the fall leaves into a sheet, wrap them into an enormous bundle, and drag them through the yard to burn the leaves in a smoky pit. My sister and I would run and jump in the piles. Leaves flew up like firecrackers and our screams of laughter and joy would swirl high into the bare trees.

Celebrate the season- past and present and future! Share your thoughts with us at 55andchange!!




Amy enjoys using poetic language to capture the essence of the ordinary. Her work has been published in Word-Dancers: The Poets of Southwest Florida and Florida Weekly.

(2) Comments

  • Kathy
    October 2, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Yes, it was fun jumping in the piles of leaves! I love the change of season in October too, you captured the happy feeling perfectly.

    • Amy
      October 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Wish I was up north to enjoy it!

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