"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
the autumn tree."
The warmth and beauty of autumn makes it my favorite season. The leaves are rapidly falling now but they leave behind many memories of past autumns.
...when as a youngster we gathered the biggest pile of leaves we could and then jumped into the middle while laughing in sheer delight.
...the smells of autumn. From burning leaves to the wood fires to loads of grain and corn and from walking into the house in time to catch the scent of apple or pumpkin pie as they were brought out of the oven.
...walking home from school down the tree-lined lane and hearing the crunch of leaves under my feet.
...riding my horse through the woods and watching squirrels scampering up the oak and walnut trees waiting for us to move on along so they could get back to the business of gathering acorns and nuts for the winter.
...walking the rows of freshly harvested corn fields carrying gunny sacks and gathering ears of corn that had been left behind. My dad would give me a few coins for each sack I filled.
...going on hayrides on country roads.
...weiner roasts when my children were young. We would drive to the back of our property where we had several walnut trees and help the kids gather walnuts for them to sell for spending money. After a few hours of walnut gathering, we would pick up some dead limbs next to the creek and start a fire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.
...watching the parades on beautiful red and gold tree-lined streets during the homecoming festivities.
Do you have a favorite autumn memory? I'd love to hear about it!
Happy Tuesday to you!