Unseasonably warm temperatures reached the mid-70s today, allowing the kids to experiment with leaf inventions; they were unencumbered by pesky fall jackets or gloves and instead donned shorts and T-shirts.They raked leaves and jumped. They shook branches, raked more, heaped, leaped, tumbled, skidded and slid into the mounds.They created circles and walls of leaves. They formed leaf-armchairs and sat in them. They argued about rake-use and then took breaks to swing and slide.Flecks of crushed leaves and broken stems dotted their clothes and lodged in their hair.They pleaded with Papa to stay out longer. “It’s the last warm day!”Light faded, though; the temperature fell.They shook those leaf flecks onto the bathroom rug as they stepped into the shower to wash off the bits of soil caked on their feet.These glorious summer-fall days are like finding a Snickers bar at the bottom of the Halloween stash, when all we thought we had left were a handful of jawbreakers and a Dum-Dum.Mmmmm…..so sweet.
Llama Momma says
Yes. These last few days of warm have been such a gift, haven’t they? (I forget now where you’re at…in chicagoland, it’s been amazing!)
Back to cold today. Still leaves to rake, but they can wait, now, until the rest come down. 🙂
Cindy Beall says
Don’t you hate it when there is only a dum-dum and a jawbreaker left?
Great post 🙂
I can never resist the plea to stay outside a bit longer. They are so right! And those memories of the everlasting day, the smell of the dry leaves, and the sounds of play are so precious!
Sounds to me like you have been in the kids candy…or how would you know what is in the bottom? lol Great fall post.
snickers are one of our favorites too!
I don’t know where you live, but we had the same glorious day here too! Cohen and I played outside barefoot! Oh I wish these days would continue to linger, but alas, snow is around the corner for Ohioans!
L.L. Barkat says
(I’m having fun sitting in my little woods in NOVEMBER, watching the world turn yellow.)