Â Â Â When I was growing up, each fall my mom would talk about “October’s bright blue weather.” It made sense to me to refer to it that way because much of the time the skies were, indeed, a lovely blue during October. Meanwhile, the crisp air and falling leaves seemed to make the sky an evenÂ more vivid shade of blue.
Â Â Today, I got to thinking about my mom’s oft-repeated line and wondered if it came from a poem.Â An InternetÂ search showed that it is the title of a poem and that the line is repeated several times throughout.Â The first stanza of the poem, written by American novelist and poet Helen Hunt Jackson, goes likes this:
Â O sun and skies and clouds of June
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October’s bright blue weather
Â Â Â I have to agree with Jackson. A glorious October day like today beats out any June day. Maybe it’s not so much that the weather is nicer, but that there’s’ a greater urgency to enjoy it this time of year. I know the cold, damp days of November will be here all too soon and that sub-zero December days won’t be too far behind.
Â Â Â The forecast promises a good dose of bright blue weather this weekend and I hope to spend a lot of time outsideÂ it.Â Â This is a lovely time of year on our farmstead with theÂ zinnias, cosmos and arigolds still blooming and bright leaves scattered across the lawn. I think decorating with some orange pumpkins and yellow corn stalks would complete the picture.