It’s so easy getting caught up in each day’s To Do List. We power through the hours only to fall into bed and sleep, or toss ‘n turn, whatever our habit. Eyes turn inward. Mentally, we walk up and down the aisles, pulling tomorrow’s To Do List items off the shelves, shelves stocked with things we do every day, things we’d like to do but continually pass on, and things we haven’t even noticed because we’re so busy maneuvering the cart.
For me, fall’s foliage is akin to crashing the cart into a display. I can’t help but stop, refocus, and stare. It’s big; it’s bold; it’s beautiful. It’s not to be ignored. It’s one of the year’s biggest specials and it has an expiration date.
Enjoy it! Take some time with family and friends. Go for a walk or spread a blanket and yourselves. Look up and down.
There are several Native American stories about how/why the leaves change color. The one I read most often tells the story of sky-bound hunters who kill a great bear (The Big Dipper). The bear’s blood, as it falls from the sky, turns some leaves red. As the hunters cook the bear meat in a big kettle, bear fat splatters and falls to earth, turning other leaves yellow and orange.
It’s fun to share this story with family and friends while admiring fall’s colors. It’s also fun to create your own stories explaining the season’s palette. Develop your stories individually or collectively. Encourage the younger participants to write up the stories and accompany them with drawings. Dramatizing the stories is another possibility.
These stories can become part of your family’s or group’s lore and shared every year. Share them with us if you’d like!
Tonight, while constructing tomorrow’s To Do List, be sure to put Leaf Peeping at the top. Looking inward is important. Looking outward is, too.