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A Color Memory

autumnleaf12.jpgBrian and I were outdoors today and I found my eye drawn to a particularly colorful maple leaf that had fallen on the ground. I really enjoyed looking at it.

That took my mind back to my childhood. I loved the leaves, I would collect all the prettiest ones I saw on the way home from school. It took me an eternity to make it home from school those days. I would have an entire handful of beautifully colored leaves, sort of a bouquet, by the time I got home.

fallleaf2.jpgAnd then my mother consistently told me I had to choose only a few to bring into the house. I was crushed. They were all so pretty, it was painful to choose. I am sure it took almost as long to do that as it did to wind my way home!

Mom would try to console me by promising to iron the chosen ones between two pieces of waxed paper. Theoretically that would seal the leaves and make the colors stay nice longer. leaf.jpgHowever, I knew that I would have to view those colors through the wax and paper. This effectively made them barely-colored as far as I was concerned. I was not consoled.

Today, I found two lovely leaves, looked at how beautiful they were, and enjoyed their colors fully. Then I left them in the yard (noticing that we have a few blooming wild violets again in the side yard). And I came inside.

I hope I still love the colors every bit as much as I did as a child. I just do not love cleaning house. I think I understand now, where mom was coming from.

Photos? I took these in the several years I have been blogging… since 2003.

I am taking a computer class (Adobe InDesign) this weekend and so I saved time by going back and finding lovely leaves from previous years. They illustrate my point perfectly, though they are long gone at this point.

2 Responses to “A Color Memory”

  1. Diana Troldahl Says:

    I have a friend who lives in Arizona. I try to remember to send her leafy-autumny things in this season, as she misses the fall color show so much :-}

  2. momtroll Says:

    Hi Lynnie,
    I am sorry I spoiled your “color joy” as a kid. Maybe that is why you are ColorJoy today. Enjoy the season to the fullest.
    Mom

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