Anticipating Autumn’s Arrival

Early Turner

By Jerry Lambert

With the arrival of August, I have always said you can feel Fall in the air. My wife tells me I’m crazy. However, something special seems to happen every year at this time. No matter how brutal June and July have been, August comes in with the promise of warm (but not freakishly hot) days, and cooler nights. The prelude to Autumn. Our maple tree out front is an early turner and by mid-August, I’ll usually find a few red defectors on my lawn. Even though I know it will be a long time before my lawn is covered in leaves, it makes me think of football, sweatshirts, and hot cider & donuts.

I noticed the tree in this photo the other day and it made think of the cool weather ahead. It’s located in the schoolyard on the next block. Hopefully, it’s the sign of an early (or even on time) Autumn season. What really has me concerned is the Fall of 2017. Summer was late in arriving and so was Fall. As a result, we hit 90 degrees on September 26th and 75 degrees on October 22nd! With the brutal Summer we have already had, the prospect of temperatures not cooling down until Halloween is unthinkable!

I remember when I was a kid. As soon as we all went back to school, the sport of choice would quickly switch over from baseball to football. We played tackle in an empty lot that connected the streets of Lakepointe and Roxbury. No matter how hot it was, the football season would begin. In a way, we knew the game we played was part of welcoming in the Autumn season. So we returned home sweaty, smelly, and sometimes bloody. However, we all knew we had done our part in welcoming The Great Pumpkin to our neighborhood. So here’s to hoping we all smell Pumpkin Spice in the air, sooner rather than later!

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