I have a love for trees that change color. Fall leaves. They are healthy and green in the summer and then when fall comes, autumn’s crisp air, they magically change from green to deep golden colors. And then one fall blustery day, they dance gracefully to the ground.
Fall leaves. They look as beautiful on the ground as they do in the trees. They blanket the ground like a handmade quilt.
Most of my life, I have had evergreens. These are trees that stay green year-round. There are wonderful aspects to evergreens but there is no fall magic. No wardrobe changes. No fall leaves.
We moved into our new house in April. Our new home has enormous trees in the front yard. They shade most of our yard and keep the grass from growing properly. I have never had such large shade trees. We lived in the country for over eleven years with big trees but not enormous trees.
When we were looking at our house, before we put a contract on it, my husband Googled the address. The Google image was obviously taken in the fall because from high above the house, you could see red. Red leaves on the enormous trees.
(This is one of the Google images of our use, before the flip. I am so happy our little house looks so different now! Look at those trees!)
When I saw this, I smiled. All the houses in the area had trees, a lot of trees, but none were as red, as enormously red. Fall leaves!!
I love fall and can’t wait to see this show of autumn glory!
I have watched our leaves daily since September. I am waiting semi-patiently. I am waiting for the color change. I am waiting for the red leaves. I see some color change, but nothing dramatic, now.
Texas is late to invite fall every year. I stated, in an earlier post this month, in my writing challenge:
“Fall only comes for short visits in Texas, and most years, is the last guest to sit at the table. Some years, fall misses Thanksgiving dinner altogether and skips right into the holiday season. Rude.” -Dedra Davis (read the full blog post here)
It is true. Fall is late to Thanksgiving dinner most years. Or, never shows at all.I think the world comes alive in the fall, not like being woken up in spring, but alive with color,… Click To Tweet
When we lived in China Spring, I would always look for a specific tree on my way home from town. (the grocery store, Target and other stores are in Waco, twenty minutes away) Every year, when I saw my tree changing colors, I always felt a holiday warm-ness. You know-holiday cheer, Christmas spirit. (I say holiday because this was sometimes at Thanksgiving, sometimes well after.)
Some people think fall is the last season of life for plants. I disagree. They sleep. They don’t die.
“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.” ~Raquel Franco
I think the world comes alive, not like being woken up in spring, but alive with color, alive with beauty.
Just because we take a nap, doesn’t mean we die. The trees are simply napping. They are changing clothes. It just takes them a season to do it.
Don’t think of the leaves as dying. Think of them as dancing a beautiful dance to the ground. And some, some fall leaves continue the dancing after they hit the ground. They dance, they twirl and spin like the loveliest of ballerinas.
Don’t feel bad for the fall leaves. Be happy for the trees. Spring brings the trees a new wardrobe.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree.” ― Emily Brontë, 19th century English novelist and poet
“If only humans could die like the autumn leaves, with a splash of beauty and the promise of another season.” –Shana Chartier
“Leaves grow old gracefully, bring such joy in their last lingering days. How vibrant and bright is their final flurry of life.” –Karen Gibbs
Their last flurry of life is a beautiful curtain call.
“No king has a throne more beautiful than a bench covered with the autumn leaves!” –Mehmet Murat ildan
I hope for you to see the leaves changing and dancing to the ground.
love and blessings~dd
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