MIAGD: make it a gret day
The slightly unseasonal cool breeze is composing the most delightful symphony featuring swishing leaves, and a wide sound-array from each set of my five wind chimes surrounding the deck.
As I stepped onto the deck this morning, the first thing I spied was a red leaf buried in a sea of green from the tree that grows, literally, through my deck’s rail, spreading like a fan to assist with shading.
I have to be honest: my heart sank a little.
I so love the warm, summer months, preferring them to the temperatures of the fall and winter months. I love my spring and summer flowers, always planting those that will remain deep into the fall months until the first frost.
And, I also love my time under the deck’s tent, surrounded by nature.
1 September is always celebrated with the playing of a personal favorite, “September Song,” from the Broadway musical KNICKERBOCKER’S HOLIDAY, directed by my mentor, Joshua Logan. Mr. Logan first introduced me to this song in 1985, when he had me accompany him in his enthusiastic, robust singing voice.
While I eagerly welcome the beginning of my birthday month, I also begin the mourning process of bidding farewell to Summer.
As I stood back to look at the tree bearing the red leaf, I noticed a number of red leaves scattered throughout the mass of green. The color palette is also changing.
But how fortunate I feel to have such a variety of seasons here in southwestern Ohio – even if we sometimes experience all four seasons in one day.
For it’s a long, long while from May to December / But the days grow short when you reach September / And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame / And I haven’t got time for the waiting game
“September Song” by Kurt Weill
The signs of autumn, though officially 20 days away, I have already begun. Soon, my camera will be permanently attached to my hand for several months as I enthusiastically capture incredible moments of nature’s glory that would make artist and television personality, Bob Ross, squeal with other delight.
As you prepare for the newest seasonal adaptation, notice the red leaf in your life. And for crying out loud, make it a great day!