If the idea of more pumpkin-spiced anything terrifies you, focus on something else this month. I can help. If you suffer from fear of missing out on the latest lattes, pancakes, cupcakes and seasonal beers, I am here for you.
I am positioned in the middle of this tasty conundrum. I can take it or leave it. I can also get you past the seasonal boos with my talent for embracing the best in every month. Let’s dive into October. If you prefer to bob, that’s fine.
More Than Halloween
Halloween dominates our tenth month, but we also mark days on the calendar that are historically significant, controversial, delicious and fun. We celebrate Leif Erikson Day because he probably discovered North America first. We give Christopher Columbus his due but he does have his detractors.
Flashing very rapidly forward, there was a time when our country’s presidents beamed into our lives across radio airwaves. For better or worse, President Harry Truman changed that forever.
On October 5, 1947, he delivered the first White House televised presidential address. Making the most of this amazing new platform, Truman asked the nation to stay united in helping Europe recover from World War II.
That’s enough history. Let’s move on to the delicious, fun stuff.
More Than Pumpkins
Do you have an appetite for Gumbo? Picture plump shrimp and sweet crab meat swimming in a rich broth. Just imagine the heavenly aroma. I respectfully ask you not to add pumpkin spice to this Creole classic.
Are you a sports fan? Pick one. The NFL, NBA and NHL all play during October. Do your dreams include backdoor sliders and triple plays? The World Series fires up around the end of the month.
This is an excellent time of year to salute people who tirelessly assist us with their expertise every day. Let’s give a big round of applause to the patient individuals repairing our overworked computers, operating systems and servers. Techies Day belongs to them.
When we become the patient, we are comforted by the compassion of caring professionals at doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. These dedicated men and women deserve special recognition on Physician Assistants’ Day.
More Than Spice and Boos
We love Halloween. Haunted houses, wild costumes and the seasonal candy crush that makes it a favorite celebration. Still, this is the month to go on midnight hayrides, toast up sweet s’mores and get lost in crazy corn mazes.
Let’s move beyond pumpkin-spiced dread and obsessions. Let’s keep Halloween in its hallowed, haunted place at the end of the month. Let’s enjoy this wonderfully crisp time of year for more than the spice and boos.
October deserves that kind of consideration. It is the least we can do for one of our very favorite months.