“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.26.2008

Forgotten leaves

I forgot.

I forgot about the way leaves change. I was jealous of Jaime's red leaves, told her we didn't get that here in NE Texas, which is true, is true, we don't. But I forgot about what we do get. We get golden, we get silver, we get stars & arrows & hearts. As I child, I'd walk to school through the woods keeping my eyes open for beautiful leaves & pine cones & acorn caps - I was enchanted with their shapes as well as colors - possibly more. Leaves shaped like arrows were my very favorite - I forgot how they'd point the way here & there, how I considered them as fairy talismans. I use them now in my artwork, I keep them now in my house, flattened between wax paper - I'd forgotten why they held such meaning for me. I forgot about the Japanese maples which do go very red, I forgot about the ginkgos which go golden all at once - every leaf changing at the same time. I forgot about the lovely way they fall when the wind whips up, a storm of good luck & hope falling in front of my door. I forgot.

Autumn approaches to remind me.

14 comments:

  1. i'm glad you remembered. the ginko gold and red maple i can envision. here in oregon we get good colors only if it stays dry long enough for them to 'set'. if the rain starts early then we go from green to mud, color and ground.

    i know what you mean though, looking at jamie's leaves are enough to make anyone else feel like they are living in a colorless desert.

    i have to go see the link you included..i think it includes a reference to a robin or two.....

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  2. You are fast! And yes, the link DOES refer to a robin or 2. Although the painting is of a blackbird, with a leaf arrow. And Jaime's leaves just need to be wearing one of those beauty pageant across-the-shoulder sashes declaring them the winner. And a tiara. They are gorgeous.

    :) Debi

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  3. yes jamie's leaves really are gorgeous. surely they must have won the Miss Beautiful Leaf Of The Universe pageant!!

    thanks i see you are sending your friends to Heartwood today :) XO

    i'm fast because i am waiting for you to write me an e-mail. oh and i made a comment on your robin post. you are THE best writer! you win the Miss Best Writer Of The Universe pageant!!

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  4. i agree about jamie's leaves.

    and although i'm not particularly fond of autumn, i find the changing leaves fascinating in all their transformations...

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  5. You know what is funny about those leaves? I found them in a japanese garden....a special place with special plants and trees. We don't get a whole lot of fall colour here either...I live in a west coast climate just like Robin...she said it right..the conditions have to be dry and perfect for us to see a lot of colour. But there are some lovely little pockets of colour here and there if you look around.
    Debi..I have always been so enchanted by what you see. The stars arrows and hearts..that vision makes me want to trade in all the colour of fall just to see what you see during this season. Your eyes are full of magic, dear one.

    Love
    xo

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  6. Polona - They're gorgeous, aren't they?

    And Jaime - We all LOVE those leaves, even if you found them in a special place. Thank goodness for special places! And MANY thanks to you for your kindness & continued support & compliments & all around good vibrations headed my way!

    :) Debi

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  7. Debi - I just want to let you know how happy and warm your blog makes me. Such a joy, always. Thank you.

    :) Breda

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  8. Breda - Thank you so much for this. It means a lot.

    :) Debi

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  9. Jaime is right! You do see magic! I was envious of Jaime's leaves too and then you postd yours! I always love this tme of the year as things begin to turn. Here in NM, we don't have as much red, but we do get lots of golden colors. The majestic cottonwood trees that flank the Rio Grande river are amazing. But, it is still too early for us...and I too have my Japanese maple in my backyard. Perhpas I'll post one from last year!

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  10. Coming here always makes me see the unnoticed magic all around me. It makes me feel more alive.

    Here we have fresh green leaves pushing towards the sky.

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  11. we don't get long to enjoy the colors here either, the trees try to hold onto the green as long as they can. i guess it's the coming darkness, but then they change and usually a big wind whips them all away in one weekend. but, like you, i'm surprised and delighted by the changing leaves, however fleeting they are. lovely post.

    :-)
    /julie

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  12. Hele - Once again, thank you. Your little place makes me feel the same way. :)

    And Julie - Thank YOU also. The idea of those poor little trees holding onto their green - well, in my mind that sounded sad, but now that I've typed it out, it sounds kind of greedy! LOL! How funny & unexpected THAT thought was.

    :) Debi

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  13. Lovely prose.....Autumn is my favorite time of year.

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  14. WW - Thank you. I am trying to love autumn as much as summer, but I admit it's hard for me. I am teaching myself to pay attention to the gifts in each season, and that helps, but still . . . I will miss the long days & heat.

    :) Debi

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