Today we observe the Autumnal Equinox, the astronomical start of fall in the northern hemisphere. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus, meaning equal and nox, meaning night. Today at 1:02 pm Saskatchewan time the sun crosses the celestial equator and summer has left the building. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. We tend to refer to autumn as fall and I’m not sure why. I don’t think it’s because the leaves fall from the trees, or is it? There are many definitions of the word “fall” in my 1974 pocket edition of Miriam-Webster’s dictionary that I have in my desk.
Would you believe the 21st definition is, “to pass from one condition to another”, which would fit the changeover from summer to autumn…..I mean fall. We’re entering the best season of the year if you’re a sports fan. Football is in full gear, baseball is in full swing. Soccer is still kicking around. Hockey is beginning in earnest as well as in Saskatoon with the opening home game tonight for our Saskatoon Blades at SaskTel Centre. The mosquitoes are gone, geese are flying south, harvest is pretty much in the bin, the colours in nature are about to get more beautiful. And soon road construction season will be done and getting around town will be a whole lot easier. Does it get any better?