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Of Leaves and Such


brilliant leavesA walk down our street in October

Bright leaves of orange, yellow, and red mixed in with a touch of green and brown fly by as I look out the window of the train. Our six hour journey from New Jersey to Syracuse was a delight as we rode through colourful woods and past rivers and lakes. It felt good to get off the airplane and be plopped right into Fall. During my past seven years I have been blessed in living in places that really do the season justice–mainly Minnesota and upstate New York–both spectacular in the Fall. One of my past seven autumns was spent in Italy where the Fall was nice as well, but really couldn’t be compared to the colours here. I spent a number of years growing up on the West Coast in Canada where my heart is often drawn to: wild ocean, grey skies intermittent with sun, beautiful dark forests and mountains that exude mystery and conceal stories in their depths; but Falls were mostly just wet and green. We lacked the deciduous trees needed to create the pallet of colours we enjoy in the east, or in Minnesota. So, I was thrilled to know that once again, I would be experiencing Fall where it looks its best. Granted, it’s been rather wet in Syracuse since we arrived, but wetness doesn’t hide the beauty of bright leaves.
Aria and I have started going to story-hour at the library with some friends from church. Every Wednesday, from eleven ’til twelve, we gather together in a warm room in the local library and one of the librarians reads stories to the semi-circle of usually well-behaved children. Aria flucuates between listening to the stories and playing with the other littler ones and their exciting toys. This week the theme was Fall leaves. I enjoy listening to the stories as much as the kids do and was quite happy to “help” Aria make a autumn wreath from a paper plate and some vibrant silk leaves. It’s now hanging in her window and adds some beautiful colour to her room.
Then yesterday the wonderful sun came out, shining brightly in the clear blue sky–a day to take advantage of. After lunch, John, Aria, and I drove to a nearby park and went for a walk through the woods, enjoying the sight of the trees relinquishing their garments for winter. Aria has not had too many nature walks, as we lived in the city in India, and seemed to really enjoy this new experience. At different times she wanted one, or both of our hands to help her along, or wanted to go it alone. We noticed that she was very careful not to fall down. She didn’t seem to like the idea of getting dirty; just another sign that my baby girl is quite the “girl”. Aria loved the noise of the leaves rustling as we dragged our feet through them under half shorn trees and she picked leaves up to give to me. She also had her first experience in a tree with John standing under her and me waving to her through the bright golden leaves. She was sorry to go.

4 Responses to “Of Leaves and Such”

  1. Jessica
    October 30th, 2006 11:53

    that was so nice to read- i do envy you a bit your gorgeous autumn colours. we get a bit of colour in scotland, but none like the pictures i’ve seen of the part of the world where you now are.
    i think aria got her dislike of being dirty from her mum! and also her love of trees and being in them.
    enjoy your time in syracuse!
    love you lots.

  2. Beth
    October 31st, 2006 10:16

    from Beth

    I recall the gorgeous colors of the East from when I grew up there….and I miss them….the colors are not nearly as vibrant here…send me a pic sometime.

    I’m glad you’re cultivating Aria’s interest in books….it will no doubt stay with her.

    I remember Jessica at 18 mos., really had a ‘clean thing’ going too, then one day at a picnic she got into old ashes and kept sifting through them till she was filthy (seemed totally out of character for her)…so watch out…when you’re not expecting it….!!!!
    Love ya

  3. jayne
    November 1st, 2006 01:30

    We got a taste of fall in Belgium last week and sipped good coffee and wonderful Belguim chocolates. It was so nice to have at least a few days of fall. The eastern monsoons are here and the rains have made things a bit “chilly” Talked the girls in Wis this morning and it was 15 degrees last night. So I guess India sounds pretty nice but not as nice without you guys. We miss you

  4. susana
    November 1st, 2006 12:36

    Bright colors, cool temps, apples in the Orchards and falling leaves…fall in Central NY is really spectacular and this fall was even better because we were all together for a short while.
    Miss your smiling faces, love and kisses

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