Sure Cure for the November Blahs

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, /No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds —November!   —Thomas Hood

November gets a bad press — deservedly so.  I have to admit that the month earns its reputation. As the poet says, It’s all gone, and we don’t even have the beauty of winter’s snow yet.

Then there’s this, from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women:

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden.

“That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose.

Meg and Jo are two of the four March sisters in this classic chick-lit-before-its-time, and Jo, the tomboy of the four, is the one most girls of my acquaintance admired and wanted to be. Certainly I did.

It helped that I, like Jo, was born in November, and felt much the same way about it that she did. Well, we can’t change the month we were born in, and I secretly enjoy being a Scorpio, with its reputation for dark hidden secrets. But after the flaming glories of October, November IS pretty dismal.

So as a birthday treat for me — and for you — here’s a fabulous YouTube of Dancing at the Movies, that’ll make you smile on the dreariest November day:

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5 Responses to Sure Cure for the November Blahs

  1. Meg Hovell says:

    So strange to read of the November of my past. I’m looking at a radiant sky, the blue more intense as the temps have lowered to the 70’s. The bougainvillea is resplendent with blooms. Can’t decide if the red hibiscus out front is more splendid than the yellow behind the house; depends on how the sun strikes them. Have been shopping for winter annuals to perk up the pots; decided on snapdragons for the variety of color available. Leave the NE behind, people.


  2. pauline says:

    Fabulous dancing! Made me want to cut the rug myself. I like November. There’s always some small, startling bit of color – the orange of bittersweet, the flash of a cardinal’s wing, a patch of blue sky through ink-sketch tree branches. I like the contrast of cold outside and warmth inside. I like the gray afternoons and the drum-on-the-roof rainy days. Happy birthday when it comes!


  3. DJE says:

    I loved the T. Hood — it’s an important quote. For me, November is not such a bad month. It’s all so new — this denuding of the trees — But, I will think on’t. Was in Concord, MA yesterday — at the Old North Bridge and the November scene was spectacular — but maybe, that’s early November. Best, D


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Concord in early November is a gentler thing than the Berkshires ditto — certainly today. Hard rain, steel gray skies, tree leaves dry and rust colored where they remain at all. And to think that only yesterday I stopped along the road to photograph a late maple (? unlikely) blazing red against the sunny blue sky for all the world like the burning bush. Was your speech a bold thing, like a flag unfurl’d? J


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