The high today is a mere 50 degrees. Warmer than some areas, cooler than others. For us, it is the typical Fall weather. A colorful assortment of reds, yellows and oranges blossoming in their own rite in every direction. I am a gardener by hobby and like others thoroughly enjoy the Spring season and all it’s offering of home grown bounty. But, unlike some I know, I enjoy the blossoms of Fall just as much and perhaps even more so. I realize that the assortment of shapes and sizes admired in Spring’s full throttle can’t be competed with in Fall. However, for me the lack of assortment is certainly made up for in color. Vibrant color. The rich reds, purples, oranges and yellows of the Mums, and varying trees is something to be admired.
Our kids will tell you time and time again that their favorite part about Fall is leaves. Not the colors, although they do admire them as I do, but the raking of them. No. We don’t have mutant Stepford children. No. We don’t hold twinkies out on sticks in front of their noses as they rake. The secret? What is more fun than a pile of colorful leaves? In Spring as all are admiring the carefully landscaped array of roses, hydrangeas, lillies and lavendar, the children are under constant NO TOUCH supervision. Not as much fun for them. But once Fall hits and the trees bloom into cascading waves of embers smiles instantly adorn little faces. Yes, they know that work is ahead. However they don’t seem to mind because the annual fun of running and diving thru piles of crinkling leaves certainly outweighs the occasional blister.
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