Wednesday, October 18, 2017


We have two giant maple trees in our backyard. Silver maples? In any case, while they both look lovely in fall, the leaves on the wester of the two (you know . . . more west than the other one) always become just shockingly, unabashedly RED. SO so red. Completely and boldly. (The other maple is a bit more interested in nuance and subtlety [or maybe just isn’t quite as confident and showy as the other].) From the couch in our living room I look up through our highest windows and see nothing but these dramatically red leaves pitched against blue blue sky. It’s the most lovely thing in the world. And I don’t know what it is about fall leaves – maybe just their fleeting nature – but I find that my adoration and love for them is always rimmed with panic over the fact that their being here means . . . they will soon be gone. The only time I feel this sensation more keenly is with one of my brand new newborns. And it’s just leaves! Is it more than leaves? Is it that whole constant ill-fitting nature of earth life? The one where our spirits chafe against the unfamiliar nature of endings when we are built to feel and keep every good thing eternally?

I don’t know. Maybe I just really love fall leaves. When I’m looking at them I find myself doubting that I could ever grow accustomed to them or take them for granted like I often do with their green summer selves.


Of course those top pictures didn’t actually showcase that particular tree – just general backyard fallness; and these last pics showed our maples a few weeks before the color change (along with Summer . . . who, every single day, takes off whatever I have put her in . . . in favor of summery tops, and several layers of shorts and skirts). But the pictures seemed close enough to whatever I was trying to express.


Anyway, we went for a little hike with the kids between conference sessions several weeks ago. Hiking with three toddler/babies always begins full joy and excitement. That lasts about 15 minutes before both Mette and Summer are crying and refusing to walk and insisting that only I will do for holding them. Nevertheless . . . it’s good to get out with our little crew. (Even if we have to send Abe to go find the van and drive it to meet us at an early exit off the trail rather than finish the whole hike as planned. And don’t worry. That face he is making in the first picture below is just in jest. Mostly.)

In any case, happy fall y’all!

Photo Oct 05, 10 38 00 AMPhoto Sep 23, 7 31 51 AMPhoto Sep 23, 7 32 45 AM


Kara said...

Those trees are deliciously red-even if they aren't yours! I wish maples could grow here. I'd plant a bunch.

Beautify Pacify said...

I love autumn foliages too!
It strikes me that some of your kids wear warm clothes and some wear short sleeves...I can't really figure out what weather you're having! :)It looks like fall in your area hesitates between cold and warm. Like you I love to take my crew out for, well not a hike, but a walk. Hiking seems to imply more energy and organisation than we can muster at the moment. But it feels good to be in the grand Nature, enjoying fresh air and beautiful autumn landscapes! hey, when's the next post? ;)

Gayle Harris said...

I always love your "random shots of life in the Harris household!" (And also the "random shots of life in the outdoors!") What great pictures. Please start selecting for the family calendar.

Nancy said...

Haha! Oh Val! I don’t know what the weather here is either! And I LIVE here! We’ve had it below freezing several nights already but then we still have some days that feel like summer. I often have my car heater on in the morning and then the AC by night! But even if the weather was steady right now, you are right that my kids clothing choices would give no proper indication of it! It’s so funny seeing two of them in the same picture — one dressed in a coat and the other in summer time clothes! For the most part I do dress them in pants and send them off with jackets each day, but my three year old usually takes off whatever I have put her in and switches to tank tops and shorts within an hour of me dressing her!

Marilyn said...

Oh, that wonderful round tum! How I love your little Mette. And Abe's perfectly grumpy expression.

Your friend Val always leaves such nice comments. I like to read them. :)

Nancy said...

Marilyn --

She does, doesn't she! We've only met through blogging. She lives in France (though you'd never guess it by how great her English is). She doesn't blog much lately, but when she does, or in her comments here, she always just shines goodness and light it seems.

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