One of the best parts of the fall are the leaves. One of the worst parts of the fall are the leaves, lol. The colors of the leaves are just gorgeous as they change, giving us such a wonderful display of nature at its best. It is my favorite time of year too, that is until the wind starts to pick up, the rain comes in, and the leaves start to fall. I think I spend a whole month raking up those leaves, ha ha the price of beauty.
Well, I am on my 2 week of raking leaves and 10 minutes later you would never know I had raked in that area. The exercise is good, I will give you that. The satisfaction, unfortunately only lasts 15 minutes maximum. This week as I was raking and gathering the leaves from our maple trees, I just started to smile. I was back in San Jose, California, I was under 9 years old, and my Pop was raking all the walnut leaves into piles in our front yard. My 2 sisters and my brother and I getting in line knowing what is about to come next! One by one we are taking off and leaping into those piles of leaves. Pop would rake them back up and we’d get to leap again. It was the purest form of fun there ever was!
With that memory firm in my mind, a smile on my face, I took the plunge! Our dog, Chewbacca, thought I was nuts. He just couldn’t understand as I tried to get him to join in with me. I posted on Facebook what I had done that afternoon. My daughter, Colleen, and I were talking on the phone the next day and she mentioned my post. I told her about Pop and the leaves, she said I had never shared those memories with her. She got a good chuckle thinking of us leaping into those piles of leaves. I told her that because they were walnut trees, we usually had quite a bit of black smudges all over us from the shell casings. She laughed over that with me too.
During our conversation, I explained that my Pop was always with me! There are so many actions, expressions, and unlimited memories that we shared, he is always present in all I do. On those days where the memories just flood into me, I can feel his presence, his laughter, and especially his love. We truly never lose those we love, we are reminded of them in so many ways if we open ourselves up to it and we will meet again very soon.
Embrace the fall and the season of Thanksgiving…… Cyn