Spring Season kicks off with my birthday, which is usually four days before the vernal equinox. It’s easy to imagine that this is a good time of year for me personally. It also really heralds the beginning of the golf season, so it’s a win-win. By the way, it never, ever rains on my birthday. Ever.
Play Season usually really gets rolling around May. This is when our family begins the fairly regular migrations to the Shakespearean Festival in Ashland, Oregon. It’s a two-hour drive and the performances are spectacular, the town beautiful. My love and I have seen works from NY to San Francisco and Ashland ranks at the top.
Camping Season starts as soon as the children are out of school. I’m not much of a camper, but my lady likes to take the little ones to the coast at least a couple of times a year. This season also kicks off with my love’s birthday in June.
Back to School Season hits at the beginning of August. This is when we realize that summer cannot, in fact, go on forever and we start preparing our minds, home, schedules and wallets for educational mode. Our family’s school shopping is usually a very lucrative experience…for Target.
Kids Birthday Season is September. Three of our four children were born in September, so each year we have to figure out how to get them trinkets after just shelling out bucks for school clothes and supplies. Somehow, it always comes together.
That brings us to Halloween Season. This begins with me putting orange and purple lights on our house the first day of October and ends with the big Trick or Treat. In our home Halloween runs a very close second behind Christmas as being our family favorite holiday.
Holiday Season is next, of course, beginning in early November to include Turkey Day and Christmas, and ending with our (now traditional) New Year’s Eve celebration with the kids and their cousins, drinking Martinelli’s apple cider and seeing which kid falls asleep first. The final cap on the holidays is always my oldest's birthday January 4th. (sigh) It’s all about family visits, baking, presents, over-eating, hugs, loves and pajamas.
And finally, we come to the season we are in today. This is Awards Show Season, which begins with the People’s Choice Awards, which is a terrible show we only watch because it officially starts things off. Then there’s Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit and the granddaddy of them all, Academy Awards. We watch them all faithfully. It’s like a party at our house each time. In addition there is a scramble every year by my love to see all the movies that have been nominated and many that are not. It’s not at all uncommon for her to see three or four movies in any given week. Last night was Black Swan (superb). A few days ago were The Fighter (good) and Country Strong (not good). Last week was Season of the Witch (surprisingly good). Tonight we’ll see Tron with the kids. Sunday it’ll probably be True Grit. Social Network needs to be put in there somewhere before it leaves the cheap movies theater. Then there’s Red, King’s Speech, Burlesque and I’d also like to see Dawn Treader on the big screen.
It’s a good season, a great transition through the deepest of the winter months. And even though I get a little “movied-out” by the end of it, I’m always happy when it comes around again.
See you at the movies!*
*Totally thiefed that from Roger Ebert. Roger’s awesome. He understands.