Here's To October

There’s something to be said for each of the months. Even February. But October! Athens is glorious in October. Chilly morning air makes the simple act of breathing seem new again. Black labs jump and swirl and, if they take a notion, gallop across the yard. Acorns crackle under foot. A few trees, and then more and more, take up their palettes. Pumpkins congregate near the doors of supermarkets, clamoring mutely for the attention of young carvers and their moms. Candy corn and creepy costumes reappear to attend the sweetly scary rituals of the season. And the holidays shimmer on the horizon, still far enough away to be relished in the abstract. Shall we raise our mugs of hot chocolate in a toast to October?

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