how to know it’s october.

October 1, 2018

In oatmeal, cinnamon.

On tablecloths, beeswax.

In the crisper, apples.

On stoops, pumpkins.

In doorways, spiders.

At bodegas, mums.

On minds, costumes.

Underfoot, leaves.

Against fence posts, cornstalks.

Near trash cans, honeybees.

In pockets, acorns.

On feet, socks.

In tea cups, honey.

Under blankets, storytime.

In a simmer pot, apple peels.

On the table, candles.

At bedtime, darkness.

After waking, sun.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Chloé October 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I love this! When I was young I hid a bag of acorns in my socks drawer, and forgot it. Then found a worm in my sock one morning, and then a hundred in my drawer! Now I get a little nervous when my son bring acorns in his pockets…

    • Reply Anna October 1, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      I had the same experience as a child! Only I hid the acorns in a tin can in my father’s library, behind the books,..

    • Reply Walt Anderson October 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Haha this is exactly why I don’t let my kids bring acorns or anything like that in the house. Yes, I know they’re super cool and everything, but you never know what’s growing inside them!

  • Reply Madeleine October 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    And conkers! There are conkers everywhere in York just now. Love your How To Know It’s… series. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Kristin W October 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

    There are so many wonderful things about your blog but these monthly posts might just be my very favorite!

  • Reply Kendra October 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Ahhhh… gorgeously articulated.

  • Reply Anna October 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I just love this series so much <3

  • Reply Carole October 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! Says it all and delightfully so

  • Reply Lesley October 1, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    These would make a wonderful children’s book for learning about the months. I can just picture the illustrations!

    • Reply sasha lindberg October 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Yes! It would be lovely.

  • Reply Yumi October 2, 2018 at 10:03 am

    October is my favorite month of the year, and your writing beautifully represents the charm of this season! Thank you Erin!

  • Reply Tamara October 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I love this. I wait for it every month! Thank you!

  • Reply Sasha L October 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    In honor of the season, and in an effort to preserve it just a bit longer here where winter will come sooner rather than later, I am trying your beeswax dipped leaves with my preschoolers next week. I use beeswax to make homemade salve/balm and I love the smell. Can’t wait to hang some pretty leaves. Thanks for the Autumn inspiration Erin!

  • Reply Zara October 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Ah, perfect. Love.

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