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Welcoming September, reflecting on August

Departure for Southland soon

sunny 62 °F

Hi everyone;

The State Park manager informed the campers that the park would close for the season on Labor Day. I presumed that it would stay open until Columbus Day so campers could enjoy the Fall season. So much for, "For the people, Of the people, By the People". My stay at the park was a pleasant one for each morning I would enjoy my cup of coffee sitting outside in the sun under 2 giant oak trees. Acorns are dropping to the ground from the trees and some onto the MH roof and yes, one startled me when it dropped on my head with another one on my lap. It is a sign of Autumn.

Our high school class reunion was a success with 14 in attendance, 9 classmates plus spouses. Someone mentioned that in the years of elementary, middle, and high school many of us were together for 12 years. Those were our formative years and when getting together we reflect on our high school experiences with laughter. The luncheon lasted about 2 hours and all want to repeat in 2 years. We, of course, had a moment of silence honoring the 12 classmates who predeceased us. It was another stark reminder that we are all mortal.

The next day I met sister Ruth Ann and husband, Ken at a place on the Labor Day Parade route. The day was perfect for a parade with comfortable temps and sunny weather. This year's theme was the 'Wild, Wild West' so there were western-style floats and riding horses galore. The news reported over 30 floats in the parade. I left home at age 18 to attend college so 56 years later I recognized about one person/hundred. After the parade I walked to the AMVETS building for a chicken BBQ. I saw a few 'old cogers' there.

On Tuesday morning the Park closed so I returned to my friends' (Joe & Charlene) side yard to campout until Wednesday morn when I leave for Plattsburg to see Todd, Tim, Marie & family one more time before I head south. My friend, Pat flies into Burlington, VT on Saturday having been back home in St. Paul, MN for the past month. Together, we will meander southward with plans to visit NYC, PA, Washington, DC, etc.

My trip 'back home' was enjoyable but I have little desire to return for several more years. Who knows, this may be my last. My closest friends have winter places in FL so I can see them there. My 'welcome mat' is always at my front door for those who choose to visit me.

More later................................


Posted by dixter 06:20 Archived in USA Tagged autumn is here

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