Happiness is Catching Leaves
It’s finally Fall, my favorite season of the year, the weather turns sunny but cooler, there is that smell on the air, fallen leaves, wood smoke, Halloween and Thanksgiving on the horizon. It’s a great time of the year to be outside in nature and I’ve always spent more time in the forest this time of year than any other. Driving today in the country I passed lots of signs for apple picking and pumpkin patches, the roadside stands in addition to selling fruits are now well stocked with pies as well.
Of all of the Fall memories that I have the most cherished one of them all is being on the playground at lunchtime as a little kid. Our school had a really large tree right in the middle of the playground, it always saddens me to go by there and see that the tree is now long gone. But in the Fall, when the weather would start to turn cold and windy, a lot of the other kids would stay inside during lunch. For me though, it was the best time, you see on those cold Winnie the Pooh type blustery days I would go outside to catch leaves.
There was nothing more fun that running round and round in dizzying circles trying to catch those spinning flashes of gold. The joy of catching one of those simple leaves was immeasurable, a feat not easily done. I would spend all of my lunchtimes for weeks catching those leaves until that sad morning when walking into school I would look up and see only bare branches. But that is the essential nature of the Fall, beautiful sunny wonderful days that fade into the cold grey fingers of winter. So while those sunny days are here, go outside and catch some falling leaves and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane