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    Wind And All

    And just like that, it will be November next week. This year has seemed to have gone very quickly. It was only four short weeks ago that I was still sitting on the beach in my bathing suit. And now we will be thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Which for me will probably involve traveling to Cleveland to be with my mother and my sisters. Of course Herman will be coming along for driving services, among other things, so it should be a fun time had by all. It's really weird to me how quickly time seems to be ticking by. Maybe it has something to do with my getting older. But I really do not think that's it. I distinctly remember as a kid thinking that the summers always flew by, where the winter seemed to really drag on slowly. Spring was always fine, because you always knew what was ahead.

    Obviously summer was always the best and to a certain extent I really always look forward to autumn and all of the beauty associated with the changing of the leaves. There was something my dad always said when he was still alive, "nature never clashes." He has been gone since 1987 and I think of that sentiment often.

    So we will trudge through the upcoming season and my next goal will be going down to Florida to see Mom. That and obviously getting through every day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really do find enjoyment out of each season. For instance, this last month I got to witness the leaves changing big time out over the lake. It has been especially spectacular. I’m not a big one to go "leaf peeping," but when it’s right in front of my house it’s difficult not to notice.

    I remember when the builders were putting in our massive amount of front windows. They were particularly circumspect and careful that they should fit in tight and even. I’ve got to tell you, that during a big windstorm last winter I found myself thanking them silently as I watched the windows hold tight against the wind. There was one day when I found myself wheeling to the back of the house, "just in case."

    Herman came in later after work and saw me hiding on the back porch. I told him I wanted to stay as far away from the wind as possible. I did feel a little ridiculous when he pointed out that the entire back porch is glass. I didn’t really care though. I was still in the back of the house away from the windy onslaught.

    So, look forward with me to November and the winter that’s to come. Maybe it won’t be as long this year (yeah, right)! And since we don’t have any other choice, let’s appreciate all four seasons that we get to be a part of here in the northeast. Wind and all.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"