Or make that Oktober…with a k.
If you’re speaking German.
No matter how you say it, it’s here.
Good ol’ Autumn-leaves-falling-crisp-morning-air-October.
No matter where, it’s the same.
The heart of Fall.
The beginning of the decline into Winter.
Although for some that’s already here.
Yep, even in China.
Actually, October is incorrect now.
October comes from the Latin “octo” which means “eight.”
The Romans named the 8th month of their calendar “October.”
However, the ancient calendar began with March.
And now here we are with New Year’s Day being January 1st.
Making October numero 10.
Eighth or tenth…just so long as we got it.
October is also the name of ale the Brits brew…only in October.
And of course, Oktoberfest in Germany.
Wherever you are, it’s a unique month all unto its own.
Oktobris in Greece.
Juugatsu in Japan.
Ekim in Turkey.
Wherever, however, whatever.
Shops and businesses reflect the season.
Around the square and all over town.
Like Lilacs ‘N Calico.
The Thing Is.
Murphy Creek Wines.
And private residences, too.
Soon it’ll be time for Hallowine at Sandstone Cellars Winery.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.