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Around the Square
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 • Posted October 1, 2008

Welcome, October.

Welcome.

Or make that Oktober…with a k.

If you’re speaking German.

Swedish.

Danish.

Norwegian.

Or Indonesian.

No matter how you say it, it’s here.

Good ol’ Autumn-leaves-falling-crisp-morning-air-October.

Welcome, Fall.

No matter where, it’s the same.

Cooler.

Colorful.

The decline into winter.

Octubre.

Ottobre.

Shi yue.

Yep, even in China.

Actually, October is incorrect now.

October comes from the Latin “octo” which means “eight.”

The Romans named the 8th month of their calendar October.

However, the ancient calendar began with March.

And now here we are with New Year’s Day being January 1st.

Making October numero 10.

Oh well.

So what.

Eighth or tenth…just so long as we got it.

October is also the name of ale the Brits brew…only in October.

Wherever you are, it’s a unique month all unto its own.

Oktobris in Greece.

Juugatsu in Japan.

Ekim in Turkey.

Lokakuu.

Wijnmaand.

Oktoba.

Outubro.

Wherever, however, whatever.

Shops and businesses reflect the season.

Around the square and all over town.

Like Lilacs ‘N Calico.

And private residences, too.

Like the Ellisons cattycorner from Mason Care Center.

Yep.

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

(No, not Christmas, not yet!)

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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