If you haven’t taken a walk with your kids yet, now is the time. Make it a regular “thing to do.” It’s amazing what a walk can do for everyone. If you are fortunate enough to live where the trees leaves change color during this time of year, then count yourself lucky! I live in the southern desert of Nevada, where very few trees change their hue. I used to live in CA, though it’s not the east coast, where the color of trees are spectacular, we had many beautiful fall trees! I really miss that part of the scenery. I consider myself to be someone who is always learning to appreciate the topography, wherever I live.
This time of year, I can’t help but remember the many excursions to the parks with my children and scores of daycare kids too. We always gathered the pretty, fall leaves in a paper bag, to make a collage when we got back home. A very simple work of art, can bring the most pleasure to a child and to the grown ups too. Fall represents, color, changes, and awakenings to me. I feel renewed this time of year, more than spring, which I know seems more appropriate, since it brings growth, and new life.
No, Fall is my favorite time of year. Now with my grandchildren, I see once again, that it continues to inspire me and brings such joy. The other day I was at a park in CA with my three grand-kids, and we picked up a few leaves…just plain brown with a hint of golden color. The two 2 year olds held onto them like prized trophies. They understand what beauty there was in a single leaf. They proudly displayed them to their parents, and it just hit me. That moment has repeated itself to me for the last 32 years, as old as my oldest child. Isn’t it wonderful, that a walk in the park, and a hunt for the biggest, most beautiful leaf, is the same, no matter what generation?
Article by Laurie Cesario-Overton
Now is the time to hunt for the prettiest, fall leaf…but you will get much more. You will find that leaf will bring more awareness to your life than you had planned. How clever our world is, who could have planned this? Finding a leaf, taking a walk with your child, watching the colors of trees change this time of year, could bring so much! Mother Nature is our friend, and to all of us, she brings, joy, inspiration and love.