Autumn was like the first line of a Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” September meant the return to the hamster wheel of school, work, and activities.Steve and I would sit down and block out the months of September and October. November we would be have the dance steps memorized and there was the glorious holiday of Thanksgiving. We would have 3 days just to relax.
Now September is a time to explore. We just returned from a trip to visit our daughter in Boston. We enjoyed a concert in the Wang Theater and riding rapidly through the streets of Boston in a Uber cab driven by retired Boston sheriff, regaling us with a story about picking up a Korean student. She only knew the word, Uber, and got in his car. She had an entourage waiting for her at Logan Airport but she got into his cab. Her smartphone is set to Korean and she speaks no English. After driving around 1 1/2 hours, thinking he is being pranked by his daughter, he goes to the Korean Community in Allston, where Jenni lives. After much bowing by the shop owners, the limos arrive. Our driver refuses payment, he is relived to have the Korean public figure out of his back seat. After the bustle of Boston, we spent the weekend on Lake Champlain at St. Albans Bay. St. Albans was the site of the northern most Civil War battle. A Confederate small brigade robbed 3 banks from Canada to raise money for the war and draw troops north. Canada was neutral and didn’t want to be drawn into the battle. The raiders were attested, tried, and deported to the Confederacy. The event was being celebrated while we were in town. Another reminder of the brevity of my American History knowledge, which expands through travel and further research.
The summer sun is fading as the year grows old and darker days are drawing near in both the calendar year and my life. I try to relish this golden fall days and golden years, living in each moment as Ben and Jerry are doing since they sold the business to Unilever. Great mission statement:
Peace, Love, and Ice Cream