Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The goldenrod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusky pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow-nook;
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

-- Helen Hunt Jackson--


Dad 2002

Ana - Agosto 2002


Ruth said...


You just multiplied my September joy - and I wouldn't have thought that was possible.

Love the poem, and Ana is just about as sweet as a girl can be.

Peter said...

That's a good start of the autumn! Thanks!

rauf said...

September is good for everybody i think, even for Australians, who keep complaining about seasons. End of Cricket season for you, beginning for us, things start to get pleasant.
i don't remember much of Rock Hudson's 'come september' but i remember the tune very well Claudia.
Lot of money went into juke box for 'come September' tune. My friends stopped me, they said just wait some body will play it, don't waste your money. Every five minutes somebody would play it. The 78rpm record got worn out in a month, we complained and they replaced a new one. 25 paise' (quarter rupee) was a lot of money when i was in school. Please ask Dad he will whistle you the tune.

Oh! Ana is gorgeous ! is this a recent picture ? should be quite tall by now, has she reached your shoulders ?

Claudia said...

That's as lovely as a comment can get, Ruth!

Thank you, Peter!

I'll ask my Dad to whistle the tune when I see him in December, Rauf. Meanwhile I'll try to find it in the internet. Australians have been getting rough weather for the past couple of days, haven't they? I heard that yesterday Sydney was hit by a dust storm and that in some places it rained mud!

These pictures were taken 7 years ago when we were still living in Portugal. Ana has changed quite a bit since then and she's about my height now, 5'6". I avoid posting recent photos of the kids. You never know who might use them for what. The world is a crazy place.