Friday is the first official day of autumn. It begins Sept. 22 this year. Sept. 22 also happens to be my youngest granddaughter's birthday. She will be 11 years old.
Autumn lasts until Thursday, Dec. 21, this year. Sometimes we get winter weather before winter actually begins but we will wait and see. It has been several years since we have had a really harsh winter in Northeast Arkansas. We have had some really cold days but we have not had a major freeze.
I am always ready for the fall season. The temperature starts to go down, the leaves start to change colors, and the crops are being harvested.
It seems people are in a better mood when the weather is not too hot or not too cold.
As always, we hope our farmers have a good harvest.
Many of our southern neighbors will begin the season with no electricity and cleaning up what is left of their homes.
As we hear more and more reports on the hurricanes that caused so much damage in Texas and Florida, I can't help but feel so very sorry for the families that have lost loved ones, and so many people who have lost their homes. It will be months of cleaning up throughout the areas. We hear of billions and more billions of dollars in damage.
Most of us have experienced tornadoes in our area. We know the damage they leave behind. As a rule, we have a short time frame when we hear the sirens. We have weather reports to alert us to find a safe area when a tornado is approaching. Most of us heed the warnings and do our best to be safe.
Residents in the path of hurricanes have a longer alert time. They have to make a decision to stay or go. There comes a point when it hits, it is too late to evacuate.
I have always thought I would be first in line of the exodus out of the path of a hurricane. I realize people do not want to leave their homes but as we have heard so many times before, things can be replaced, houses can be rebuilt, but lives cannot be brought back.
We all know it is true but I understand how difficult it would be to leave. Also, many residents who live in the path of hurricanes have weathered the storms before or evacuated and received no damage. It is a decision individuals have to make.
I also see the worst can bring out the best. We have volunteers, donations and people helping people. Homes and hearts have been opened.
Then we have the other side of the coin – the worst comes out in the form of looters, price gougers, and people who have no conscience and will take advantage of others in a time of need. The only thing I will say about those folks is I hope they get what they deserve.
I try to stay positive so I will say there are probably more good deeds being done by caring people than bad acts being done by greedy people.
We have a lot of people across Buffalo Island collecting money and items to go to the storm victims. We have volunteers delivering truck loads of items. Many are giving to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or other organizations and churches.
Let's pray for the people as they rebuild and give what we can.