How did November get here so quickly? Is this really fair, y'all? When November arrives, the year is virtually over, and I am not anywhere close to being ready for another year to have passed.
Think about it for a moment. It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming 2007 with open arms and so much promise. We said goodbye to 2006 by holding a neck-tie party for one of the most evil men of our generation, and most of us probably made all sorts of resolutions about improving our personal lives, not to mention the world, in the year to come - and now that year is just about over.
How many of those resolutions did you keep?
I realize that technically there are 61 days left in '07, which is about 16 percent of a year if my admittedly inadequate math calculations are accurate. But the earth doesn't rotate at the same rate in November and December as it does the rest of the year. It couldn't possibly, because the days fly by way too fast, and I am convinced that we skip some of them altogether.
Take a look at the calendar - or the top of this newspaper if you don't have a calendar handy. It says Nov. 1, but the next time you turn around, the month will be half-over and you will find yourself at the grocery store buying a Thanksgiving turkey and fretting over Aunt Gladys being offended because you plan on baking a pecan pie even though everybody knows that is her signature dish.
The leaves will fall, and the squirrels will store up all the acorns they can handle. You will rake up the rest, and then December will be staring us right in the face.
That's right. It is November, and December is the next month.
I didn't even get around to carving my October pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern, and before you know it, I will be out and about searching for the perfect Christmas tree. I still have decorations from last Christmas that I haven't carried up to the attic yet.
This would be an excellent place for a great big sigh.
It used to not bother me, this passing of time. I looked forward to the passing of each year because each new calendar brought 365 new challenges, 365 new adventures and 365 new opportunities. Now it seems that each new calendar contains 365 reminders of challenges not met, adventures that didn't live up to expectation and opportunities that were somehow lost.
This year is almost over, and it will never be repeated. It will be long remembered as the year that we didn't win the war and bring the troops home, the year we didn't find a cure for cancer, the year we didn't gain control of environmental and energy issues and the year that we, once again, did not fulfill the promises we made to ourselves and the world when the year first arrived.
My word! How did I manage to become so depressed by just looking at a calendar?
You are absolutely right. I think I need an attitude adjustment, so I think I will give myself one. Since I have already written off 2007, I might as well start planning my 2008 resolutions now. With a two-month head start, I might actually accomplish all the things I set out to do and, besides, '08 is a leap year, so we will all have a whole extra day to accomplish our goals.
That's it. I'm starting in right now and I am going to turn over a new leaf. I'm going to right all wrongs, tie up all loose ends, step up to the plate and do all those things that I have been meaning to do for decades.
Of course, I may take a day or two out for football games. Georgia has several big ones left. Three home games, in fact, along with our biannual trip to historic Grant Field-at-Bobby Dodd Stadium - on the Flats - by the projects-across-the-expressway-from-the-Varsity.
I do have several speaking engagements and book-signings already on my agenda, so I will need to take care of those. First thing's first, you know.
Our youngest daughter, Jenna, is in "High School Musical" at her school, and I will want to see as many of her performances as I can. Our other two kids will be home from college for several weeks, so I will get to spend time with them.
I don't want to neglect the holiday celebrations that will be going on. Heck, they only come around once a year. I have letters to write and cards to mail and there will be food to prepare and we'll have company coming in and ...
Looks like 2008 will have to just wait its turn. We have a lot of year left. I, for one, plan to make the most of it!
Darrell Huckaby is a local author and educator. He can be reached at dHuck08@bellsouth.net.