Leaf and Shadow

  Our first cool spell is blowing in here, and we will pull out our sweaters and go outside to enjoy crisp, cool mornings this week.  To be sure, we are beginning to see a few leaves loose their green and turn yellow.  Our crepe myrtles and Bradford pears will give us some fall colors in their foliage. But this time of year I miss the piney woods of Northeast Texas where I grew up. Seasonal change was more pronounced there, and I loved watching for the woods to glow with Sweet Gum and the scarlet leaves of Sumac.  However, I believe in enjoying what I have, and this single leaf  brought me joy.  Masses of even New England’s wonders and color palette are beautiful, but they are there and then.  I am here and now, and so is my leaf and its lovely shadow.

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