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.
Until next time,