From the Editor’s Desk “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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From the Editor’s Desk

 

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

It is a good day to be a Tiger!  

 

I love autumn. It is my favorite time of year. I’m not a fan of summers. To me, summertime is that aggressive friend that wants me to get out of bed way too early and go do something crazy, like swim in a canal or play basketball outside in the relentless heat. I think summertime means well, but we just aren’t compatible. While some spend their summers out in the sun kayaking or camping, I tend to hibernate inside a movie theater with the manufactured cool air or propped in front of my laptop working on a creative writing project. When October finally finds itself on the calendar in the wall of my classroom I feel as if the heat and the urgency of summer has finally loosened its grip and in its place is an old friend offering me soup and long hikes through the brown and orange and tan canvas of Idaho’s wilderness. I love the chilly, crisp mornings. I love wearing old, worn hoodies and wool beanies protecting my ears from the stinging wind as I walk to work. I love spending my evenings, cuddled on a couch in a soft throw-blanket watching scary movies or reading a compelling mystery novel. I love spending my Sundays eating chicken wings and watching professional football. And the coffee. Cup after cup of coffee with pumpkin spice and sugar cookie flavored sweeteners. The feeling of a favorite coffee mug, warm in my cold hands. And Halloween. I love Halloween. Don’t get me started on Halloween. Autumn is my old friend that understands who I am. 

One of my favorite autumn activities is to spend hours on the weekends sitting on a camping chair with a fishing line bobbing at a favorite lake or pond. A lot of people don’t understand how great the fishing can be in the autumn. What makes fishing during the autumn months so great is that the prime time during the day to cast a fishing line is in the early afternoon, usually from noon to one, when the day is at its warmest and the fish have the gumption to go to the surface in search of lunch. In the summer, typically, a good fisherman arrives early in the morning. I am not a morning person, so, naturally, I prefer the autumn. 

Recently I found myself, alone with my dog, on a camping chair with a fishing line in the water. I sat with the chilly air and my dog resting at my feet in the dirt of the water bank as I nursed a large cup of gas station coffee in the silence and the solitude. I took a moment to consider my surroundings and I watched the autumn wind kick up a small pile of dead leaves that had accumulated on the dirt road that led to where I sat. I watched as the leaves danced around me and I ran my hand behind my dog’s soft ears. I hope you all take a moment to escape whatever may be driving you crazy and appreciate that autumn has arrived. 

 

Have a great day! 

Mr. Jay 

 

One Team! One Town! One Family!