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Once upon a time, I used to love the fall. The World Series is in October, the hot weather leaves us, there’s football and soccer, Christmas is coming, Thanksgiving and all the good food. And while all those things are still in fall, they seemed so much more fun when I was a kid.
Now there’s winterizing the house, making sure we have snow tires, rock salt, the shovels aren’t broken. We have to buy new clothes for the kid, (lots of new clothes, she grows like a weed) and need to think about what Santa is going to bring. (Not to mention tell the rest of the family what to get her when we don’t have any good idea ourselves.) And then there are leaves. Bushels of them. Bags of them. Yards and yards of them all over the… well the yard. That green leafy appeal of an old growth neighborhood is a right royal pain in the arse; especially when the leaves mock you like mine do to me.
I can hear the reaction: “Mock you? That’s a bit dramatic.” No, it’s true.
I waited for the leaves to fall before I started. I mean hey, who wants to rake and blow and mulch and bag and lug to the curb more times than they have to? The sycamore tree dropped its leaves first, followed by the magnolia (we have several types of magnolia trees, this one is a deciduous magnolia that flowers, and covers the lawn in petals in the spring and then in the fall covers the ground in leaves.) But I waited. I still needed the elm, oak, red bud and maple to drop their leaves. By November 1, the red buds had lost their leaves and the oaks were mostly bare. But the maples and elms were still leafy. Colorful, but leafy. When there was no change last weekend from the previous one in what had fallen and what was still there, I decided it was time to start. Several hours, many bags and a few blisters, the yard was clear of leaves. What was left shouldn’t be an issue, right? Oh boy was I wrong
The mostly bare oaks, weren’t nearly as leafless as I thought. And, in a fitting act of spite, the maples and the elms dropped every blessed leaf they had in the two days after I’d cleared the yard. They’d waited until I’d cleared the ground before they let go of their precious cargo. There is no other explanation.
So this weekend I schlepped back with rake and blower, bags and barrels. I missed the day’s football games, acquired a few more blisters and watched my previous unabashed love of autumn lose a bit of luster.
On the plus side, this year, because of the new picket fence we had installed, the leaves from my trees that fell in the neighbor’s yard won’t be blowing back. (Feel free to comment on how suburban we’ve become. I can take it.) The little things sometimes make all the difference.
~Andrew Q Gordon
About Andrew Q Gordon
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.
Ashes of Life
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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