Thursday, October 16, 2008

May You Live in Colorful Times

The debates are over. There will now be three more weeks of revisionist advertising to wade through before the election. Most of us have had our minds made up for twenty years years and, short of our guy actually being caught on camera murdering somebody, they'll stay made up. And even that would depend on who they are murdering.

It has been an uncannily beautiful Fall in Vermont this year. It flies in happy contrast to the steady drum of bad news coming through my radio and television. Had similar events taken place in late Novemeber, we would all be swinging by the neck from these sugar maples rather than admiring them. Soon the rains will come and dampen the color. A couple of hard frosts and a wind storm will clean the trees of their leaves and drop a branch or two across our power lines. We'll sit in the dusky light of late October once again reminded of our own mortality and the winter ahead. And then we'll vote.

Enjoy this color while we still have it.


Blogger shakenbsis said...

Nothing cheers me up like Voting Day! Finally, all the hype is over and i ge to exercise my power. What a privelege! I thank God often that I was born in the USA (warts and all)!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Tim Farrell said...

Nicely put Tom. You should be a writer, or something.

12:15 PM  
Blogger John O. said...


Twenty years ago I was a junior in college and voting in my first presidential election. I voted for 41 and then every republican presidential candidate since. Not this time. Call it a mid-life crisis, but I can't vote for the Republicans anymore. I am for Obama, and I can't remember when I have been this excited to vote. The leaves remind us that we can change too. Peace, J.O.

Thanks for your piece on tears. I still share it with friends who just need to let it go.

4:07 PM  

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