‘Do you remember?’


Claire Meyer

Do you remember?

By Claire Meyer, Canyon High School

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?” Earth, Wind and Fire’s 1978 song would like to know. I reply, more sure about nothing but my love for pizza, I do. I remember the 21st of September. I also make it a point to celebrate that very day.

When the incredibly positive and upbeat song was written, it really didn’t have much of a purpose. It had nonsensical lyrics. (I mean, seriously what does ba-de-ya mean? Anybody?) To the writers, there was nothing significant about the date, it just sang well. It’s another average day for many people, 24 hours in time that are no different from the ones before or after it.

However, I see it differently. Thanks to the aforementioned song, I think of today as a cause for celebration and listening to nothing else but the 10 hour loop of it on YouTube. Seeing other students faces of recognition and amusement as I walk into class blaring the tune is truly as good as it gets.

Sept. 21 marks the official last day of summer, as the following day is usually the fall equinox. You can appreciate the beauty of one season, the last few sunny days while preparing to jump into another filled with leaves, pumpkins and warm drinks. From this point on, there are exactly 101 days left in the year. It’s a major turning point in the world, and for me, the change is almost palpable. Once today hits, I’m suddenly prepared to get out decorations for autumn and let go of summer memories.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Sept. 21 is home to various significant events. Benedict Arnold committed treason, which is a bit of a bummer, but the United Nations International Day of Peace is celebrated today. Stephen King, one of my favorite authors, was born. So were other icons like H.G Wells, author of sci-fi hit, War of the Worlds and Bill Murray, who has been in numerous popular movies. The Hobbit was published in 1937. It’s also miniature golf day if you’re into that. Either way, the list of wonderful things about today goes on and on.

I always tell people, celebrate if you can. I think it’s important to take the opportunities life gives you to be happy, even if they are small and insignificant to most. Sept. 21 is no exception. It might be silly, but there are countless reasons to enjoy today. If for nothing else, do it for Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis who wrote one legend of a song.

This story was originally published on The Eagle’s Tale on September 21, 2018.