Yes, I know; autumn doesn't really start until September 21, or thereabouts. But, well, autumn is "in the air," so let's go with experienced reality, rather than some astronomic chart.
(BTW, the Australians share something of the same experience. They fervently believe that spring starts September first. I'm not sure whether this is some kind of universal folie à deux, or something found entirely within the "British" Commonwealth.)
Yet the signs are all here. The "younglings" are returning to school.
|(Nutana Collegiate — River City's first high school, located across the street from the Bears' den)|
The green leaves of summer are turning to yellow, brown, and red.
It's also Labour Day in Canada, the annual holiday to celebrating the economic and social achievements of workers. In Canada, this has been a calendar event since about 1880.
Part of the Labour Day activity in River City is a big fireworks display. The incendiaries are launched from the Broadway Bridge, a couple of hundred yards downstream from the Bears' Den. They organize the display across the river from our place,
then haul everything up on to the Bridge.
We stand in our corporate box (our balcony) and get an ideal view of the whole thing. No pictures, though; need to keep a sharp eye on the sleepy grandkids.
Nice way to end the summer!
Sadly, I have learned that there will be no Labor (American spelling) Day events across the US this year. Our reporter, Andy Borowitz, tells us that the entire holiday has been outsourced. To China. We Canadians offer our condolences to our American kin, friends, and neighbours on this loss. We hope you don't lose Thanksgiving as well.
Blessings and Bear hugs to all.