me get something straight here. Columns submitted by writers
to newspapers have titles assigned by editors at the newspaper.
So, very often, in fact usually, the title I put on a column
is not in fact the title you read. Let me say here, the title
I am putting on this column is "Farewell to August."
I don’t know if that is the title you see above the
column and I won’t know until it is published.
is not to say anything negative about the editing staff of
any newspaper. They have the right to title the column as
they wish. And once in awhile, even I have to admit, they
improve on my title.
to my idea about this week. This is Labor Day weekend, and
we all know what that means. Lots of barbecues and parties,
even some fireworks. But it is unofficially the end of the
summer. September brings with it a whole new energy to vacation
communities like ours.
is my favorite month. Especially up here, because when it
is warm enough, and there are plenty of warm days, I love
to go in the lake. There is nobody around to speak of after
Labor Day, so I have the beach to myself. Actually, many of
the days in the summer, I had the beach to myself anyway.
something about the newness of September that almost feels
like a new year to me. Maybe it has something to do with my
going back to school as a kid. I remember the traditional
shopping trips Mom and I had for going back to school clothes.
That is, if the hand me downs from my older sisters weren’t
in great shape.
is the plight of most youngest children. Getting all your
older siblings outgrown clothes. I used to hate this. I was
pleased when I got bigger than my two older sisters. I had
to get new clothes then.
what do you think the newspaper will title this column? How
about "The columnist’s new clothes," or "The
plight of the younger sister," or how about "Columnist
sees Fall approaching with new wardrobe in hand."
I’m writing this to you, August 4th, I’m only
wearing a bathing suit after a day in the sun and being in
the lake. I doubt that will be the case by the time we both
read this. Happy September!
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"