Do you ever gaze awestruck at the autumn leaves and have to
convince yourself they’re real? Maybe we’re all dreaming.
Sometimes in November I don’t understand how we aren’t all
lining up our lawn chairs in the driveway to watch the glorious show—the honeyed drops tumbling on the wind, the scarlet embers drifting down.
Here’s my attempt to capture a few sparks of their splendor, if only for a day.
1. Collect the best leaves you can find, the ones that make your heart skip a beat, as you walk down the street with your children.
Arrange them artfully in your fingers as you go, so as to be delightful.
2. When the time comes that you must go inside, wrap the stems with Scotch tape to hold them together.
3.Plunk them into a glass jar, vase, jelly jar or
anything you find. I added water in an attempt to slow the withering, but I don’t know if it will help.
4. Sigh in rapture every time you enter the room.
Note: I expect these will be withering by morning, but they are still nice and colorful as they dry.
This might be a project I give to the children on Thanksgiving morning to decorate up the house, if there are any leaves left by then. It’s a perfect project for a child—they can spend hours collecting their most special leaves, and the only adult help they will need is possibly to help them wrap the tape around the stems.
P.S. I have to just tell you the lovely green grass in the above picture is our neighbor’s. Ours is a nice crunchy brown. Theirs is much more photogenic.