A September song
Ah! September! My favorite month of the year followed by October, a close second. Soon it will be time to head to the pumpkin patch at Rock Creek Farms near Broomfield and survey fields of the beautiful orange pumpkins.
At least I hope that they weren’t ruined in the muddy fields. What a shame that would be to see a year’s worth of growing destroyed by the very commodity that gave them life.
I have some sheet music for the piano and it’s called “September Song” with music by Kurt Weill and words by Maxwell Anderson. Because I like September so much this music stays on the piano all year long. The refrain goes like this, “Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame, one hasn’t got time for the waiting game. Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November. And these few precious days I’ll spend with you, these precious days I’ll spend with you!”
And now I learn on the 50th anniversary of former president John F. Kennedy’s death that it was also his favorite song, and he sang it solo frequently at family gatherings.
There’s a new book out called, “These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie.” It’s written by Christopher Anderson and it is a portrayal of that famous family during his brief tenure as president. I’ve read a lot of JFK books but I do believe this is the best one yet. And now that I learn “September Song” was a JFK favorite it takes on a deeper meaning for me.
Yes, September takes on a whole new meaning – one where we treasure the dwindling days of summer and the giving way to the leaves turning to flame, crispy meanings and gorgeous fall sunsets.
It’s just a beautiful time of year, isn’t it?
Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned.
Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.