November, November, how we welcome thee!

Emily Dickinson once said, “November always seems to me the Norway of the year.”

I’m not sure I even know what that means.  But I really want to go to Norway so I am going to pretend that it means something fabulous…just like the fabulous images I have in my mind of Norway, November makes me smile.

And not just because it’s home to my favorite of all the holidays – Thanksgiving – but November, the 11th month of the year is a gift.  Every year.

The universal theme of November is family.

When researching author’s quotes about families, I was astounded at the sheer number of books, plays, movies, and  poems about families.  Family – no matter how it looks – affects everyone.  Everyone.  All of us.  Thematically speaking, “family” is the holy grail of universal themes.

According to the Case Book of Sherlock Holmes:

“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”

So…what’s your dog like?

I have 3 dogs still with me- one’s a little confused but happy, one’s constant, slow and a bit overweight, one’s a watcher, a talker and a great companion.

Yep, Mr. Holmes, you’re rarely wrong.

Here’s to you and your family wherever they are, wherever you are and definitely wherever you found them.

Happy Norway, Universal Stories friends!