October, there’s a lot to love about it
Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
For as long as I can remember, October has been my favorite month. I love the colorful leaves against a bright blue sky, the crisp air, the smell of smoke as leaves are burned (not environmentally friendly, but most definitely aromatically so), watching combines harvest corn and soybeans, decorating with pumpkins, cooking chili, I could go on and on.
My Grandma Taylor loved the fall, and she’s probably a big reason it’s also my favorite season. She tops the list of most influential people in my life, so if it was her favorite, well, it’s mine, too.
October has long been Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That cause is dear to my heart as well. Like most people, I know many women who have bravely faced this disease. It took the life of my cousin, Sara, when she was just 39.
There are many other things for which October is recognized as. Most of them were new to me. I’ll share a few (along with some commentary).
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month. Is that really a thing? Apparently so. Yes, one can definitely become dependent on caffeine, but truly addicted? I don’t know. I don’t want to face the day without my coffee, that’s for sure, so I won’t be trying to recover from caffeine any time soon.
National Apple Month. That makes sense since it’s apple harvest season. Oddly, it does not seem to be National Pumpkin Month. Go figure.
While we’re on the subject of food, October is also National Dessert Month, National Caramel Month (goes perfectly with National Apple Month), National Cookie Month, American Cheese Month, National Pizza Month, National Pork Month, National Pasta Month, National Pretzel Month, National Pickled Peppers Month and National Sausage Month.
I am going to do my best to honor each and every one of those foods this month. Except for the pickled peppers. Yuck.
Tackling Hunger Month. That’s easy. Just eat all the foods listed above. I know; that’s not the real intention. Hunger is unfortunately a real concern for far too many people right here in our community. Why not make a donation to a food pantry this month to lend a helping hand?
National Stamp Collecting Month. This is one of those hobbies I wish I’d started about 40 years ago. There have been so many neat stamps issued since I was a kid. Maybe this will be the month I convince one of my three children to start a stamp collection. It would be a great 4-H project.
Positive Attitude Month. I believe attitude makes all the difference in your day and, as the days pass by, your life. Of course, there are days mine could use a bit of adjustment. I’ll try to focus on that this October.
National Toilet Tank Repair Month. I am not making this one up. It is, as my kids would say, legit on the list. I’m still shaking my head.
National Orthodontic Health Month. Hays is still mad he’s getting braces. Guess when? Of course, it’s this month.
National Book Month and National Cookbook Month. These two designations alone are all I need for October to be my favorite month. Read up, people.
Rhizomes and Persimmons Month. It’s listed just like that, which is puzzling. I have no idea what one has to do with the other. Out of this pairing, I can go with the rhizomes, which includes plants like ferns, ginger and irises (Grandma Taylor’s favorite flower). I’m sure I’ll get flak for this, but you can have your persimmons and your puddings. Ick. I remember helping my mom pick those things when I was younger. I still cannot stand the smell.
Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Shelter dogs are the best. They really seem so grateful to be chosen (actually, the dog chooses its human in most cases). There are far too many unwanted cats and dogs in this world. The next time you’re searching for a furry companion, please consider a shelter pet.
German-American Heritage Month. Kind of goes along with the whole Oktoberfest thing. My mother was an Uhl and the family came from Germany, so I’d better get this one on my calendar, too.
My list is by no means inclusive. October is designated as many other months, including Church Library Month, Bat Appreciation Month, Emotional Wellness Month, National Arts & Humanities Month, National Roller Skating Month, National Chiropractic Month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month and National I’m Just Me Because Month and the list goes on.
Take your pick. I think we can surely all find something to celebrate this October.