This morning at breakfast, Robin and I talked about today, September 26, being the birthday of our baby daughter, Sharon Ruth. We were absolutely thrilled when our third child was a girl. Not that we didn’t love our two boys—they were wonderful. But to have a little daughter was so exciting! Robin brought me a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses. And today, Sharon still brightens our lives, just like those roses!
September is a special month for many of you too– the onset of autumn, cooler days and nights, gorgeous foliage, college football.
Do you remember that old Mother Goose rhyme? “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November…” We talked about that this morning, too, but neither of us could remember the rest of the rhyme. I googled to find it. “February has twenty-eight alone. All the rest have thirty-one. Excepting leap year, that’s the time, When February’s days are twenty-nine.”
Many years ago back in the classroom, I taught my fourth graders another way to remember which months have 30 days or less and which have 31. Do you remember this little game?
Hold up your two fists. On the backs of your hands, begin pointing to each knuckle and valley between the knuckles, starting on one end and naming each month of the year. Your first knuckle is “January” having 31 days. Then the valley is “February” with 28 or 29 days. The second knuckle is “March”– 31 days– and the next valley is “April”–30 days. “May is the next knuckle, and “June” is the next valley. The last knuckle on one hand is “July.” When you begin counting on your other hand, the first knuckle is “August” having 31 days, and “September” is in the valley. You can continue that way right on to “December.”
Enjoy the rest of your “valley days” in September!