“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still. In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.” -Cynthia Rylant
Well, Fall is upon us. Some would say finally! Days are getting shorter, with even the daytime light reflecting differently but in a familiar way. There is an unmistakable crispness in the morning air and the ghosts and goblins are once again a fond memory. Now we enter the days quietly leading us to the season that we set aside to reflect and give thanks. Yes, the rowdiness of October has given way to the quiet time that is November. November, when we take a month to reflect and designate a day of thanksgiving. Here at San Antonio Youth Literacy, we are reflecting on how wonderful it is to have all the new and returning volunteers, so many of whom are already matched and meeting with their reading buddies. It is, as well, a time to celebrate the exceptionally generous response we received from all of those who joined us for our SAYL Fall Luncheon.
So let us all enjoy the smells and sights of November and take time to contemplate and give thanks. If you are not a Reading Buddy and you are reading this…please consider the importance of helping a child learn to read. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Dr. Deborah Valdez, Executive Director