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    Farewell to August

    Let 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.

    This 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.

    Back 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.

    September 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.

    There’s 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.

    That 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.

    So, 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."

    As 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!

    "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"