November arrives with glorious color,
splendor in the leaves on trees.
The colors that began to flame in October are finally brilliant, vibrant
when November comes calling.

There are days of balmy temperatures and warm breezes.
November is saying come and play,
dance with me when the wind blows.
Look at me, the Wish Tree wishes children hung are still there.

Early November evenings are often brilliant, too.
Sunsets are as vibrant as leaves.
They make us stop and look.

November comes in like a lamb, an exuberant child.
November goes out like a lion, blowing away everything in its path.
The leaves are gone.  Only the wishes on the Wish Tree remain.

Late November sunsets are pink and warm,
as if they want people to feel the same way, with winter ahead.

November is full of change.
Tonight we got “the call”,
our granddog crossed the rainbow bridge.
We’re in the car headed to see him and his family for Thanksgiving.
Yes, I know…
As soon as we finished the phone conversation
we rounded a bend in the road,
and this is what we saw:

Thank you, November.  We needed that.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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80 Responses to November

  1. Lovely post about November, Jennie. I love the fall colors and the weather (if it is sunny 😀) in November.

  2. beth says:

    i’m sorry the doggie has passed and that rainbow had perfect timing

  3. So sorry for your family’s loss. You know how I feel about the fur kids and to lose one hurts more than some could understand. That last photo was a fitting memory. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. A lovely reflection on November. I’m sorry to hear about your granddad. It’s always so hard when we lose a pet.

  5. I love the colors of autumn and November has not been stingy with her colors. I love the sky views also. I’m so sorry to hear about the grand dog. It’s always so hard to lose a fuzzy family member. Nothing makes that easier.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    November is a beautiful month, Jennie. I love the photos and your thoughts on the month. I am very sorry to hear about the dog. It’s so hard when they leave us. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the family dog. Enjoy your Thanksgiving…

  8. quiall says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Such beauty to guide the gentle soul.

  9. Sowmya says:

    Beautiful and lovely thoughts on the month of November.

  10. petespringerauthor says:

    So sorry to hear about the granddog. I hope your time with the family is special. November brought us some much-needed rain. We’ve been in a drought four of the last five years, and at least the wildfires are tamped down for now.

  11. Ritu says:

    Glorious colours, Jennie, with beautiful words 🧡❤💛

  12. Annika Perry says:

    A beautiful wistful post about November, a month that can become lost somehow and you let it shine out in all its wonderful glory. The Wishing Tree has a lovely mystical aura! Sorry about the loss of a beloved pet, never easy … yep, that sky on your way home was meant to be. Wishing you well, Jennie. Xx

  13. beetleypete says:

    Sad news about the dog. Getting together for Thanksgiving will bring everyone some comfort and reflection.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  14. Ah we all need something warm and beautiful at times like that. So beautifully said Jennie. Thank you.🙂

  15. I did reply. I wander why it hasn’t gone?

    Sandra Pilmoor ________________________________

  16. Aw, so sad when our pets leave us. A lovely post Jennie.

  17. CarolCooks2 says:

    A lovely post, Jennie and so sorry about the loss of an obviously much-loved family pet…Enjoy your family time x

  18. Those are beautiful images, and moving thoughts about November, and I’m so sorry about your Granddog.

    I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family.

  19. Ohhh. Sigh. Blessings to your granddog. Our first granddog (our daughter’s) is a 14-year-old Golden. He’s hanging on for Thanksgiving, where we’ll all be. November is usually not so pretty here in NE, but this year? Glorious. Thanks for the lovely photos and sentiment. Have a Happy one.

  20. srbottch says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jennie. Enjoy your brief break. I’m thankful for the wonderful WirdPress friend that you are.

  21. Norah says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jennie. I’m sorry you didn’t get to see your granddog before he crossed the bridge but he sure made the sky shine.

  22. Beautiful! So true ✨❤

  23. Except for the sad passing of your granddog, Jennie, this is a glorious post. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

  24. A wonderful honoring of November! Thanks for sharing, Jennie! xx Michael

  25. Chiru says:

    Reflection on November is so colourful and chill

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  27. Such a beautiful description of November, Jennie, both in words and pictures, especially the last one. My thoughts go out to you and your family. It’s so hard to have one of our family cross the rainbow bridge. May your memories bring some smiles.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Susan! Thank you so much. I love the beauty of November and putting words to those pictures. I miss your book reviews and hope you are well. Yes, having a longterm family member cross that rainbow bridge is hard, but the memories are plentiful. 🙂

  28. Chan how. says:

    This blog was well written 🔆

  29. Beautifully written, Jennie. So sorry about your dog, but you continue to brighten so many lives with your words!

  30. Kally says:

    My sincere condolences. Beautiful piece.

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