October 1st Already!

After the long, simmering summer we’ve all suffered through, it’s hard to believe that autumn has officially arrived (as of last week) and we have entered the month of October.

I’ve always loved the autumn.  It was/is my favorite season, ushering in crisper, bluer skies, the fragrant tannic aroma in the air and of course, the burst of colorful foliage. 

As a child in Bayside, I remember taking my three younger sisters on excursions to the woods of Ally Pond Park to witness the wonder of the vibrant explosion of leaves.  Walking among the fallen foliage, the girls would collect the “prettiest” leaves to bring home to our mom.

I always had an affinity for autumn and I remember one year in particular when I planned our annual family portrait around the beauty of the season.  I picked a Saturday morning in mid-October to insure that the tress would be a glow with hues of yellow, orange and red. 

My idea was to have us all dressed in casual sweaters and jeans and have the photographer take photos of us as we raked the leaves and played together as a family.  I purchased extra rakes, a bunch of natural bushel baskets and mom already had large pumpkins displayed on our front lawn.  Everything was set… or so I thought. 

You can imagine my horror when I stepped outside to see that the landscaper had come through early that morning and stripped our yard bare of all foliage!  Instead of an autumnal blanket of colorful leaves our lawn was a freshly mowed patch of green grass.

The photographer was on his way and I had to think fast.  I gave my sisters and a few neighborhood kids’ large trash bags and told them to quickly fill them up with leaves from the neighbors’ lawns.  As you can imagine, our neighbors had no qualms about having less leaves of their own to rake up and in no time, we were empting thousands of multi-colored maple and oak leaves from the sacks to scatter all over our front lawn.  We finished just as the photographer pulled up.  To this very day, that autumn photo is one of our most treasured family portraits.

I hope that October ushers in a host of wonderful memories for you and your family.

Gathering Autumn Leaves

Until next time,

Don

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4 responses to “October 1st Already!

  1. Theresa

    We look so relaxed Could it be from exhaustion after collecting all of those leaves at the spur of the moment? When my brother gets an idea in his head, there’s no stopping him. I have to say it sure looks pretty good though. 🙂

  2. Janice

    Just another day with Don! 🙂 Such fun!

  3. So true, Don! Fall is my absolute favorite season also. Something about it, I think, brings us all back to childhood. A direct quote from the current chapter four of Letters In Cardboard Boxes: “Parker soon began to feel invigorated by the crisp November afternoon. The smell of burning firewood and the molding of organic, earthy substances reminded her of jumping wildly into the enormous leaf piles of autumn’s past and she suddenly wished that it was appropriate for someone her age to do such a thing.”

    http://www.abbyslovin.com/letters-in-cardboard-boxes/chapters/chapter-four/

  4. Nicole Livadas

    Love this story! and the photo is fantastic 🙂

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