My turn

Midterms offer a time to look back at an action-packed year.

2012-10-21T00:00:00Z Midterms offer a time to look back at an action-packed year.By Bill Vargo Times Columnist nwitimes.com
October 21, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Area college students are preparing for midterms. Grade school through high school students, if they are fortunate, have just finished their Fall break. It is a good time to look back on what we all have accomplished so far this school year.

For all of us, the process of “collecting nuts” for the hibernation ahead is a good time to look back and look forward to what is ahead for the rest of the year. The outdoor sports season will end soon. Sectional football signals the long march to the class football championships in Indianapolis.

After Friday, that pool of hopefuls will be cut in half. Half still can continue to dream of the next game. The other half are left with fond memories and preparation for next year. Baseball is over, except for the World Series.

Gardens still have a smattering of blooms mixed in with the fallen leaves. Thank goodness for the mums, or there would be no life in those patches of dirt at all. Come to think of it, if you have the space, don’t forget to take the time to plant your tulip bulbs. I  have more space for them unless I dig up the bulbs from last year and rearrange them.

In the classroom, the first marking period is upon us. How did we do? After all that work, will the studying and hard work pay off in good grades? At least, as I say to my sons all the time, “We have something to build on for next quarter.”

Finally, and most importantly, we only have about two weeks of arguments and counter arguments left before the election season is over. Next year, the parties can retrench and prepare for the next cycle in two years. The year of 2013 will be an off year for everyone.

What do we have to look forward to? More color than you can shake a stick at. Pay attention to which trees are bursting with color, since those might be the ones to put on our wish lists.

I happen to like Ash trees because they are the most efficient. They look pretty for two weeks and lose their leaves all at once. The leaf truck comes around and that is that.

Still, you can’t beat the way the season lingers like a casual stroll in the park. After this season has made its casual journey, we are left with the anticipation of the holidays. Take a moment to anticipate the wonder of the winter season and that first pretty blanket of snow before the salt trucks and diesel fumes turn snow banks to a rainbow of unnatural colors.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. Halloween is pretty cool – especially when the weather cooperates, as it just might this year. I fully expect a bounty of snack-sized chocolate bars along with the sorting and categorizing.

This year, we have yet to come up with a good costume ideas for the boys. There is Batman and Star Wars, for sure, cowboys and Indians, along with the vampire, zombie or creature with blood oozing out of his head.

So, fear not, the weather will turn downright cold, but we are sure to need a little down time to regenerate the batteries for the next adventure.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at billvargo@yahoo.com.

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