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You could read the title of this post in several ways, depending on which word you emphasize, and what voice inflection you give:

Here is the phrase from my friends who suffer during the dark days of winter. Note their tone of despair:

It’s almost October! (I’m so sorry, dear friends. Please forgive us for celebrating everything pumpkin spice as if your struggle means nothing. We see you. We pray for you.)

Now the phrase from the Anne Shirley in many of us. Same emphasis, but with a tone of glee:

It’s almost October! (The beginning of the holiday season, the turning of leaves, the Thursday of Christmas. You know all the things.)

Now from the person standing in front of the wardrobe wanting to pull out that chunky sweater even though the temperature is hovering in the seventies:

It’s almost October.

Do you see, Dear Reader, how those three words can carry such different meanings? No wonder we humans have such difficulty communicating. Let this be one more reminder to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, bearing with one another, as the Bible says.

And, in case you are wondering … “It’s almost October!! (Happy voice)