I apologize for the posting of drafts of this post.
What a trip! This summer was spectacular in PEI, with many sun drenched beach days and eager visitors. Cardigan’s Farmers’ Market was overflowing with produce and crafts and buyers! October temperatures beat century old records. Alas, we must not be deceived. The World Series is over; Halloween candy left-overs and smashed pumpkins litter our space; only the most determined leaves cling to deciduous trees. The overnight temperatures are flirting with freezing. Winter is on the way.
My new radials have come to be stored, while the mechanics at Mersons’ install the old snow tires. Saturday we turn the clocks back and evenings become dark instantly. The sun tracks ever further south. Our snowbirds have hit the road to join our migrating songbirds. The outdoor cafés and terraces are emptying. Time to find a new spin on November!
November with its dreariness ironically comes with a side order of active politics. No need to mention last year’s contest in the US. (But I just did!) On a more local level, things are moving in my two home locales. This weekend Montreal’s political landscape may change in Sunday’s municipal elections. In PEI the provincial NDP is having its annual convention on Saturday. Perhaps the lesson of 2016 was that each vote counts, that all citizens have a contribution to make-and an obligation to be informed and involved. Perhaps it is time to attend a town hall meeting on Nov. 9th to meet with my MP.
Socially there are options to brighten the November landscape. For example, in PEI there are several musical events this weekend including a concert at Holland College with a Remembrance Day theme. Here in Montreal there is a tribute concert in memory of Leonard Cohen on Monday. Getting out and making music can dissipate the blues. Art classes and exhibitions abound. It is also the season of craft sales. Participating or attending these broaden one’s perspectives.
How else can we look at November in a positive light, giving it a spin on a positive stretch of road? How about doing something for others? This is the month for mustache growing. It can be wardrobe purging time, planning for snow, donating to Renaissance or Goodwill stores. Volunteerism is a sure antidote to construction detours.
November is the month that many friends celebrate birthdays. I can’t be with each of them as we are separated by kilometers of asphalt. Cards, Facebook wishes and phone calls help bridge the gap. It helps to buoy the spirit to reconnect. For my Mom who died 3 years ago, a silent greeting on her birthday will have to travel to where she may be. Her gentleness and devotion live on in my memories. Turning inward and expressing gratitude help steer the psyche away from pitfalls.
Well, snow tires installed…time to leave Mersons’ for another season of driving. What angles do you take to navigate this eleventh month of the year? Let me know – I am always looking for a new road!