Michelle SanfordBy Michelle Sanford

I’m not sure why but as soon as the month began, I started thinking about all the different colors associated with my favorite month of the year—October.

Of course you can’t be a New Englander and not look forward to the colors of fall. The oranges, deep reds, and yellows. There’s a quote from nature essayist, John Burroughs, that perfectly sums up for me what I’ve always loved about the fall foliage, “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

There’s something so special about fall in New England. In fact, I can pretty confidently say we have the rest of the country beat when it comes to this time of the year. Whether it’s the White Mountains in New Hampshire, the Berkshires, or driving along a country road in Stowe Vermont, our fall foliage is like no other place.

And while it seems we’re running a little late this year, I know those bright beautiful colors are right around the corner.

Other colors associated with October are of course, black and orange; the colors of Halloween.

Over the years, I’ve noticed families have really stepped up their Halloween décor outside their homes. It’s no longer a carved pumpkin on the front steps or a ghost shaped paper hanger on the outside of the front door. Today, It’s bright orange lights in the bushes, huge blow ups in the front yard, cobwebs and makeshift graveyards. Halloween décor is taken as seriously as decorating for Christmas these days and I love it.

But I guess, for me, the most important color of October is pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a disease that has affected millions of families, including my own. A disease that the medical community has made huge strides in over the years but is still being fought.

Over the years, I’ve made contributions to research, taken part in a couple of breast cancer walks, and after doing some research, purchased certain products that have pink ribbons on them.

I say research because sadly, some companies will just slap a pink ribbon on their product to make consumers believe if they purchase the product, a portion of their monies will go to a breast cancer cause. This is not always the case and thus the reason I try to check things out prior to purchasing anything.

Now that the hues of Christmas are already popping up in stores, take some time to enjoy all that fall has to offer and remember that pink is now a color of our autumn.