October’s here! You know how it was when you were a child waiting for Christmas? December 1st arrived, and with it came all those tantalizing secrets, the fragrance of Mother’s gingerbread baking, the ritual unpacking of heirloom ornaments and, of course, Dad’s annual untangling of Christmas lights. Days crossed off the calendar ever so s l o w l y and it seemed like Christmas vacation was never going to arrive.
Parents had a totally different perception of time. So much to do and only three weeks left!
The arrival of October brings the same reality for me, but for different reasons. Barely three weeks. In fact, it’s not quite three weeks until the Surrey International Writers’ Conference begins. For those who are registered and anxious to be there, it’s time filled with impatient waiting. Three weeks seem like a long time, but I’m all grown up now. I know it’s not.
I suspect there are people beginning to scramble. There may be a bit of panic. But as we “X” off the days on the calendar there’s no question everything will get done and the Conference weekend will eventually arrive. That’s not the sound of sleigh bells in the distance, but faint strains of the hallowed “Hippopotamus Song” mingled with chants of “This day we write!”
Oh, squeeeee!!! October’s here!
What special occasion(s) whipped you into breathless excitement as a child? Did becoming an adult alter your perspective?
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