Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Autumn Fever

I'm just back from a nature walk with Jack's class -- three mums, two teachers and 28 kids walking the wooded trails behind the school.

The kids were collecting things to make autumn collages, so their eyes were mostly on the ground, but about halfway through, Jack looked around and said, "I've been here before! But... now everything's changed!"

Sure enough, it was the same place we'd picked blackberries with Sarah and Stirling this summer. Now, though, the brambles are empty, and the trees are afire with amber and gold. The wind was blowing, and hundreds of leaves said good-bye to their branches, flying free and then floating gently down to join the thousands already on the ground.