For all their size and ferocity, Dragons walk through the world with a remarkably gentle step. They care for the planet and people who care for them with a playful enthusiasm. They also hate to be bored – bored Dragons are gloomy Dragons – and working with their people keeps them from drifting through the seas of ennui.
Those of us who share our lives with Dragons love being on the receiving end of this altruistic energy. It’s also nice to know they appreciate how much we try to do for them and make a return on our efforts with draconic élan. As the sweet warmth of Indian Summer turns chill and pre-winter chores pile as high as the back-yard leaves, we are doubly grateful to have our Dragon friends around to lend a paw. It’s Chipping-In Weekend at last!
Who needs a leaf blower or smokers to keep the killing frost from the orchards when you have a Dragon at hand? And if your neighbors need a little help blasting out their gutters, or putting on the storms, there is nothing more sociable than offering an assist from your Dragon. And don’t forget the big community projects – earth works, construction, even large farming chores. Dragons are very knowledgeable about such endeavors, and it gives them a real sense of accomplishment to work side-by-side with their people.
So, work hard, have fun. And at the end of the day, snuggle up with a cauldron of mulled cider and a good Dragon tale.
 As some of you may have noticed, this year, in appreciation of the increasingly hectic pace of modern living, we’ve expanded Chipping-In Day to embrace the whole weekend. More time to get the harvest in, clean up after last week’s fairs, and enjoy quality time with our Dragons.
**In the tradition of Month of the Dragon, everyone who leaves a comment here at Dragon’s Nest has their name go into a hat. At the end of the month, a name will be drawn and the winner will receive signed copies of my books, The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook and Dragons for Beginners (both from Llewellyn Worldwide). Hope everyone is feeling lucky!