Sunday, November 6, 2011

Falling Leaves

I was out early this morning with Makayla--just at dawn which, according to the clock, was an hour earlier today than yesterday.

We were standing at the end of the driveway, next to a tree which still had most all of its leaves and in the quiet of the pre-dawn light I heard an interesting sound. Both Makayla and I heard the sound of something rustling leaves--or rather the rustling of a single leaf.

I looked at the tree to discern what was making the noise.

It was the sound of a single leaf releasing from the branch where it had been attached since Sping and then falling to each succeeding branch below as it made its way to the ground. And then it was on the ground, surrounded by its friends who all had formerly been on the tree.

Another leaf followed in the path of the one which had just made its way to the ground.

I had forgotten the sound that falling leaves make. I was sure that I could hear the leaf release itself from the branch and then fall from branch to branch until reaching the ground.

It has been a long Autumn and while many treees have already shed their leaves, many more are still preparing for the Winter ahead. But, I have heard the sound of leaves falling. I stopped for a moment, taking a break from my own self-absorbed life and listened.

There are many more things to see and hear.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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