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  • On Being a Kid in a Pile of Leaves


    Fall 2010 playing in the leaves photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    ‘Tis the season – hubby is outside cleaning up the leaves and getting ready to burn them and my youngest (now 9) demands he wait so that she can have a romp before they’re gone. Oh – but they’ll be back, for certain – our own tree hasn’t even fallen yet so there will be plenty more where these came from, but she is out there enjoying herself at the moment. We older girls (the smart ones) have opted to stay inside and keep warm while dicing up onions and browning some ground turkey to make a crock pot of chili!

    Huh. She just came in and showed me that she “found a little bit of the inside of a stick”. With the small joys and wonders of childhood come the big joys and wonders of parenthood!

    I have to admit, as is the annual event here in my house, I become a bit more morose through the winter months. I am already beginning to feel trapped. I’m not a fan of cold weather, not a fan of frozen nosies or toesies, not a fan of driving on snow or ice, not a fan of sliding through stop signs or shivering inside a frozen car until the engine warms up – so I’ll stay inside and bake and cook until spring comes. I will probably also need to reacquaint myself with Captain NordicTrack, too!

    Fall 2010 playing in the leaves photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    For now, for today, I’ll enjoy the smell of chili drifting through the house (that’s whispering .. corn bread … you need corrrrnnnn breadddd….) — for now, I’ll record the smiles and smells and tuck them away in my mind for those days when the winter blues really get me down. For now, for today – I’ll live vicariously through the joy I see on my little girls face as she plays in a pile of leaves.


    Mom said,

    What fun! I remember back to when we (my brother, sister and I) used to do that! I miss the smell of burning leaves in the fall and I love the early morning smell of snow coming – so clean and fresh. That’s all. I’m with you – don’t like cold, snow, ice, sliding, falling, shiverring, cold toes, frozen fingers, iced windshields, sloughing through the yuck to get to work… YOU LUCKY DOG!! You don’t HAVE to leave your house to go to work!! :chill: :cold:

    11.7.2010 @ 6:37 am
    pam said,

    Oh, I love those photos! Brings back a lot of happy memories! After all, I can’t exactly group the palm fronds on the ground and roll in them.. people would talk.

    Chili and cornbread… mmmmm….

    11.7.2010 @ 7:39 am
    Bob said,

    Mulched our leaves this afternoon with the mower. My kids have all grown and gone-nobody left to jump in the leaf piles. Geat photos tho.

    11.7.2010 @ 8:25 pm
    Mom said,

    How’d the chili turn out??

    11.8.2010 @ 6:54 am
    Leanne said,

    The chili and cornbread was delish – we warmed it up and had it again last night!

    11.8.2010 @ 7:00 am

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