Notes from the Fox Den

by Josie Fox

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Notes from the Fox Den!

I hope everyone is having a great September so far. For me, September marks the beginning of some of my favorite things; fall, football and the festive holiday season. For the record, I count Halloween as part of the holiday season since it is by far my favorite holiday. I mean, who doesn’t love dressing up and candy?

The official first day of fall will be Sept. 23, and the thought brings to mind one of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes, “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”

Although the temperatures aren’t expected to change much at the moment for those of us in Texas, it still seems as if September 1st brings a noticeable change to the air. School is back in session, Friday nights are dedicated to football and if you look close enough, you can see a change in color for the leaves.

Unfortunately, this summer has been very dry and I am not sure we will see very many vibrant colors as the leaves begin to change, but girl can hope.

I have to say, that is one thing that I do miss about living in New York, the hillside would look like it was glowing from the bright and vibrant colors of the leaves.

Fall brings with it the joys of pumpkin spice (yes, I am that person, don’t judge), hoodies and tailgate parties.

Football has always been a tradition in our house. I remember watching football with my dad when I was a kid. Sunday afternoons were dedicated to recliners and every game we could pick up with an antenna and rabbit ears. My dad sure did love the Cowboys and Tom Landry.

I didn’t always understand the plays back then, but I cheered and yelled at the refs when he did.

It is hard to believe, sometimes, that it has been over 30 years since I last watched a game with him. He passed away in 1989 after losing a long, hard fight against cancer. I was 12.

I have carried the love of the game with me ever since, although I don’t exactly cheer on the same team as he did anymore. I am thankful Mr. Fox accepts my obsession of the game and does not become too alarmed when I am yelling at the TV over a bad play or call I deemed unfair.

As football season rolls into October, the Halloween and fall decorations will come out in full force at the Fox Den. Everything, even the dogs, will have some form of decoration on them. Plans are already underway for this year’s costume. I am hoping to get the co-workers on board and us dress up as a group since Halloween falls during the week. Sorry, I can’t provide any details, you will have to wait and see what we come up with.

I think I am most excited about handing out candy to the little ghosts, ghouls and goblins. I love seeing the creativity that some parents have when it comes to assembling costumes.
I hope you each have a wonderful week!