By November, the crunch of leaves might be muffled under an early snowfall. Families and friends plan their get-togethers for football games and turkey dinners. This month hangs within a balance, somewhere between autumn and winter, perhaps at times a bit gray and chilly, but with a promise of something more.
L.M. Montgomery described November in Anne of Windy Poplars as sacred: “But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” This November space seems to be one of waiting.
We wait for the holiday gift-giving season. We wait to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It’s the month that serves as a bridge for the seasons as the air becomes drier and cooler.
November might seem like a month of standing still, but Novembers past have seen exciting events take place in the women’s rights movement. On November 1, 1848, the New England Medical School opened its doors for women to become doctors and nurses. Women’s suffrage experienced a win on November 8, 1910 when the state of Washington added an amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
An African American women’s history center, the Bethune Museum and Archives, opened in Washington D.C. in honor of educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune on November 11, 1979. And in Ireland, Mary Robinson became the country’s first female president on November 7, 1990.
This month might signal that the year is quickly coming to a close as we gear up for the holiday season, but November also carries its own promises of more to come. Breathe in that crisp air to cleanse your lungs and skip through piles of fallen leaves. November is a month of gratitude for friends and family, of being thankful for how far we’ve come and aware of how much farther we need to go.
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