The other day as I drove into work, I noticed the leaves were finally starting to change. It’s about time! That’s one of the few benefits of working thirty-one miles away from home. A lot of freeway driving, alongside some very colorful trees. However this year, along with most of the country, we’ve had an especially brutal summer. This has resulted in a late color change all over the nation. I was watching the Iowa vs Indiana game on Saturday, and all I saw were green leaves! It was October 13th for crying out loud!
When I was a kid, I never gave much thought to the Autumn Splendor. My focus was always on Halloween, that and palming off leaf-raking duties on my younger brothers and sister. It wasn’t until I was much older that I really started to appreciate Mother Nature’s Fireworks Show. Now, a whole industry has sprouted up around the annual event. There are bus tours and festivals that never existed when I was a kid. Throw in the Oktoberfest that have sprung up, due to Michigan’s Craft Beer industry, and the Leaf Show has become quite an event here in Michigan.
As I have mentioned before, Fall is my favorite time of the year. Even though collecting all those little pieces of art can be a chore, it’s one I gladly take on. The smell of wet leaves is a scent I eagerly anticipate during the dog days of Summer. Add in the smell of wood smoke from neighborhood firepits and I am in heaven. Once I’m done with all of the raking (for the weekend), I love to grab a couple donuts, a hot mug of cider, and hop into my favorite recliner with a good book. Oh Fall, where have you been? We’ve missed you! It won’t be long before the wind and rain strip the trees bare, and November’s chilly fingers start to creep down your spine. So get out there and enjoy the show while you can!!
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