Honor the Leaves

Ontario falls are spectacular. The trees turn into giant, technicolored flowers. They are every shade of yellow, orange, and red, with vestiges of green. It’s breathtaking.

But the delights of fall are not over even when the leaves drop to the ground. I love their musty smell, the papery sounds my feet make crunching through mounds of them, the percussive songs their partner, the wind, performs with them.

Why does everyone rush to bag them, contain them, get rid of them? Are these people oblivious to the many ways leaves reward the senses?

Here are a couple of yards next to us. A few leaves have not been kidnapped yet:

Neighbour’s Yard 1

Neighbour’s Yard 2

Behold our yard.

Our Yard

There are those who would make small tsk-ing sounds as they walk past our yard. They might call us lazy, or lacking in tidiness.

But I say, we are among those who honor leaves, who understand that they must be allowed their full glory.

About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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4 Responses to Honor the Leaves

  1. Carol Boyer says:


    I agree with you. It is like removing Mother Natures clothing when we strip the leaves away and expose the bare ground to winter.

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    And the leaves haven’t all fallen down yet, Carol! I look forward to waist deep leaves. Of course, the wind will make sure that never happens.

  3. Liza Jantzi says:

    Just catching up on your latest ‘postings’, Carol. Love the floor–will you post a finished picture? Oh, and our yard looks mostly like yours, with ebbs and flows of leaves as each tree keeps its own timing and the wind has its way with them. Miss you.

    • CarolWiebe says:

      Liza, It’s SO good to hear from you! I went to KidsAbility today, hoping to give you a hug, and found out you were in New Zealand. We will connect later and share the work of our hands and hearts.

I LOVE hearing from you!

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