Friday, November 7, 2008

On Growing Up...

This was Chelsea last year with one of her leaf
piles.



Chelsea this year...

She is growing up!

I stopped for a few minutes this morning
to remember what it was I loved about Fall
when I was a child.

If I close my eyes I can still smell the
fall in the air as my brother and I, rakes
in grubby hands, ran across the road to a
perfect place. It was a row of maple trees.
Large trees. These put down many leaves over
a large area. I can see us taking those rakes
and making extravagant pathways through the
leaves. We would run these pathways, laughing
and giggling until our legs would fall out from
under us...

Those were the days.

I remember when it was fun to make little leaf
piles alongside the road and burn the impertinent
little things. So often they resisted this by
issuing great billows of smoke. Just perfect for
pretending to send smoke signals.

Today, I am grown. I would love to go out and
play in the leaves. Unfortunately, it has been
rainy and we must wait for the leaves to dry out
before attempting to gather and burn them.

Ah, but when we do...the sweet smell of Fall will
tickle our noses with delight. First that sweet
smell of the leaves themselves and then the
gentle smell of the smoke as they burn.

I am still that little girl who enjoyed making
patterns in the leaves. I just have to work
a little harder to take the time!

Enjoy the day wherever you are and take a
little time for you today!

Love,
Becky K.

8 comments:

Mrs. Rabe said...

Lovely memories Becky!

I adore living in this place called Pennsylvania and seeing hte beauty all around me and the seasons change. I noticed yesterday that the peak of our season has now passed and we will soon enter that barren period with the trees, which has a beauty all its own.

Have a terrific day friend!

My Name is Ronda. said...

What a lovely girl she is.
Love & Prayers,
Ronda

Elijah's Mommy said...

Sweet pictures of your daughter.
I miss those autumn scents of leaves and smoke.
Have a blessed day!

Ellen said...

You are never to old to rake together a leaf pile and play in it...........even though my body is telling me otherwise ha ha

Miss Paula said...

Miss Chelsea you are beautiful! You are growing up!! By Summer I won't know you!

Alicia said...

I am still that little girl too Becky, of course in my own way. I dont think we should ever lose sight of having the fun that a child does. It keeps us fun, positive and young!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Wow...she is growing into a lovely young Lady...what a difference a year makes.
Have a great weekend!
hugs,
Robin

Terri and Bob said...

Ooo, I am right there with you. I can remember Ashley being Chelsea's age... and it scared me to death what was ahead of her. Life has treated her well so far.. I hope it continues to!

Miss seeing you around!