High Holidays in Warm October
Can you believe how gorgeous this past fall has been?
I was on the beach the full first week of October. (Herman
even went swimming that week.) It was also the week of
the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.
stands for head and “Hashanah” means year.
So, the “head of the year” is the new year.
This is considered one of the high holidays along with
Yom Kippur, which stands for day of atonement. “Yom”
means day and “Kippur” means atonement. These
holidays are considered the most holy of all the Jewish
I went to temple the morning was so nice that I wore a
bathing suit under my dress. I didn’t want to waste
any time changing for the beach after the service. I stopped
at the pharmacy after temple to pick up some medications
and Dan the pharmacist was really surprised to see both
Terry and I wearing dresses! I quickly explained that
it was a Jewish holiday and I had spent the morning in
Dan is used to seeing us in shorts and tank tops (or T-shirts,
in Herman’s case). We’ll be wearing long pants
now that fall is gearing up and snow is on the way, of
course. As I’m writing this to you in early October,
I’m wearing a bathing suit and tank top preparing
for a day at our beach. Even Herman is wearing a bathing
hasn’t arrived yet, as it’s only 8AM. Actually,
she’ll be later today than usual since I’m
having her pick up roses at Aldi’s on the way. They
don’t open until 9AM and I don’t want to miss
any sun time. So she is kind enough to go for me.
Terry has shown up several days wearing long pants already.
But she is sure to also bring shorts for our beach time
later in the day. I skip the long pants altogether. I
guess I must have a warmer thermostat than she does.
looking out at the sunny beach right now, I see the trees
turning rapidly to gold and red. The fall, as I’ve
said before, is my favorite time of year. Other than summer,
that is. And for obvious reasons. Still, as the seasons
change we have to keep up. We had LP gas delivered yesterday
and the furnace is all set for cold temperatures. I’m
sure by the time you read this, I’ll be wearing
long pants, but I’m also sure I’ll wait until
the absolute last minute to do so.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com