Hi everyone!  Welcome back to my blog!  I’m so excited to let everyone know that my second adventure is coming out on October 10th!  So cool!

Anyway, the other day I was in Miss McNally’s class, and she had written on the board.  It said “Happy Autumnal Equinox!” and she drew little brown and yellow leaves around it.  They seemed like such strange words.  I know I had seen them before, but I didn’t know exactly what they meant.  So after class I asked Miss McNally.

“Well Autumn is our season and the equinox is the day that one season changes to another,” she told me.

“But those are such a weird words!”  I said and she laughed.

“Quite a few of our the words we use are weird.  That’s because they come from so many different languages.  The word autumn comes from two really old languages, called Latin and Etruscan.  The word means a gathering or harvesting, and a drying up.  So you see all the leaves changing colors and falling off the trees.  That’s what it’s supposed to indicate.  Because there was so much change during this time of the year, many writers and storytellers would be inspired, and some of the best stories told, happen during the Fall.”

“Cool!”  I said, thinking about a girl in class.  Her name was Sara and she said she hated the fall because it got cold and everything died.  “But when the leaves fall from the trees, does that mean that things die?”

“Some people say that, but really, they are just going to sleep.  Those same trees sprout new leaves in the Spring, right?”

“Oh yeah!”

“And when it’s cold you have your best dreams, because you are comfortable and snug in your bed.  That’s when the world comes up with it’s best stories, because we can dream almost anything.”

“Cool!”  I had never thought of it in that way.  “What about that other weird word?”

“Equinox?  It also comes from Latin, but it means that it is equal day and equal night.  So it’s the time that marks the beginning of Autumn, because now days are starting to get shorter, rather than the Spring Equinox which means that days start to get longer.”

I know a lot of people don’t seem to like the fall and the winter, but I love it.  Just like Miss McNally was saying, this seems to be where all the great legends come from!  The summer is all about playing and sports, but the fall and the winter seems to be all about storytelling, and you guys know how much I like to read!

Anyway, Time to get back to class!

Here I go!


1 Comment
  • Dawna McBride

    As always Elsie is inquisitive and helps us all understand.

    September 26, 2017 at 8:28 am

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