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Carol Perkins: Fall Break

'Fall Break is over for some students and just beginning this week for others. Soon Thanksgiving will give a few more days off and then Christmas break. Time waits for no man. How true that is. One thing is for sure, a break revives all of us and causes us to approach our jobs with a more relaxed enthusiasm. I long break to Maui would really inspire me!' - CAROL PERKINS
The next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: The search for the next truck. Posted September 29, 2013

By Carol Perkins

Fall Break. Only during my last few years of teaching did I have a fall break and I counted down the days. After a few months together every day both teacher and students need a break. Not going anywhere was often as appealing to me as taking off on a trip. Of course, I was older then and being at home was more satisfying than it was when I was younger and the kids were younger and Guy was more willing to load up the car and head out in the wee hours of the night so we could be at the beach by early light. Naturally, we were worn out by the time we arrived and worn out by the time we got back home, but we made many wonderful memories.


Fall Break ended here after much celebration with the 32nd annual Pumpkin Festival. Trying to wrap my brain around those thirty-two years is difficult because that means Carla was only eleven and Jon was just eight. By the time they were middle school age, they felt free to "run" with their friends all over the courthouse yard while I volunteered for a booth or sold tickets for some cause. They participated in each costume contest and decorated pumpkins. I miss those days.

Fall Break is also a time for decorating businesses and houses for fall. Aren't mums just gorgeous? We revel in these sit-on-the-porch afternoons while it is still light enough to see each other or the squirrels running through the yard sporadically in one direction while a rabbits hops off in another. I'm likely to have a feline visitor rubbing against my ankles during my sit on the porch and this always tears Fluffy a strip! He doesn't get to go outside because he can't be trusted.

Fall Break is when many folks around headed for the mountains. Whether to view the changing of the leaves or browse through the hundreds of outlet stores or attend many of the shows and amusement areas, families can never have too much fun in the mountains. Frankly, I can see the beauty on Mell Ridge and have long ago lost my interest in outlets. However, the thought of a cabin overlooking nothing but the silence of nature is very appealing. I don't know why I think I would need to leave home to have that same feel. I can get it on my deck with not a house in sight or the sound of a car, yet I live within the city limits!

Fall Break is over for some students and just beginning this week for others. Soon Thanksgiving will give a few more days off and then Christmas break. Time waits for no man. How true that is. One thing is for sure, a break revives all of us and causes us to approach our jobs with a more relaxed enthusiasm. I long break to Maui would really inspire me!


This story was posted on 2013-10-06 11:58:15
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