November gets a bad rap! “How to avoid a bad case of November”

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By: Suzanne Reisler Litwin

I look forward to putting on my skis and leaving my itchy ears, nose and throat in October. Since the end of April I have been struggling with season allergies. November brings some relief!

Some people get the “blues” in November.  Especially with the pending winter, sometimes people feel sad to see the warm weather turn cold and the day light hours shrink too few.  November is a quiet time, a peaceful time, a pack it up and plan for winter activities time.

In life, there needs to be a time to rest, relax, and re-connect. November is this perfect month. Plants, animals, and people all need a time to stop and be calm. Just before the madness of the holiday season, make November the month to “rester tranquille.”November, Rhonda Massad, West Island Blog, November blues, darkness, Winter, Rain, Cold,Suzanne Reisler Litwin, kissing season

Another way to approach November is what I like to call “The Kissing Season.” This is the best time to find a great book, put on cozy socks, and get under a blanket.

If November had a sexy “twang” it would be more attractive. Every month has its “thing.” November needs more than a memorial day to fulfill it. November needs better marketing. November needs somethang!

Here’s a poem I wrote about November. This perspective might help.

The Kissing Season – Novemmmburrrrr

It’s dry and colder
Days are shorter
Greyer and dreary
November approaches
Feelings of paleness emerges

Not so, in my world
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Darkness casts a lovely shadow over
Quiet and peace
Rest and relaxation
Nesting and nurturing
Cuddles and shmuddles

Kissing and holding
Warm and cozies
Intertwining toes and noses
Body to body
And breath to breath
Lips to such soft, lovely lips

Shhhhhhhh……

Now is “The Kissing Season”

After all the games and plays
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Dancing and prancing of summers glee
Comes the time to be calm and sit still

To sip on soups in socks with chills
The solemn tones of silence and rest
Sharing the no noise of a page turning novel best

Hmmmmm…….


“The Kissing Season” has its time
Before the clatter of Christmas chimes
Be inner and still
Hold me onto your chest
Kiss me in burnt Autumn’s arms
Don’t ever let me go, oh

Oh, I do…..love you in “The Kissing Season” of Novemmmburrrrr

Now, does November seem so bad?

Suzanne Reisler Litwin is an instructor at Concordia University in The Centre for Continuing Education. Suzanne is a freelance contributor to The Suburban newspaper.   She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her 3 children, Allyn, Taylor, and Duke and her husband Laurie. Suzanne contributes regularly to West Island Blog under her column Keeping it Real.  Please visit her website  www.suzannereislerlitwin.com  to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.

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