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    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.

    “Rosh” 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 calendar year.

    When 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 temple.

    See, 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 suit.

    Terry 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.

    Now, 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.

    As I’m 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