I think about this a lot. To break it down the components of fall include a shortening of daylight hours, a drop in the normal temperature of the air, more gray cloudy days and trees abandoning their leaves and leaving the world a much more barren place.
I think the transition from one state to another should follow a natural transitional process. All of life seems to be this way. Just look around you. When it comes to fall the leaves turn colors and then fade leaving the ground littered with their remains. This is all part of a natural process. They blow and swirl around the neighborhoods from yard to streets and back into another yard. I feel this is so much of the transitional part of fall we don’t recognize that the sudden disappearance of these leaves might be having a damaging effect on us emotionally.
It seems there are people who are so eager to get rid of these leaves it is almost like trash to them. Communities organize days where a machine will come down the street and suck up all the leaves. One day the wonder of fall is everywhere then the next day all the yards and the streets are void and emptiness is left in its wake.
There is not much at all I hate in this world but this is one of them. This jarring disruption of a natural cycle I feel, is partially the cause of the malaise a lot of us feel. In my youth I remember the leaves on the ground for a very long time. People slowly raked them up and would burn them. The smell of burning leaves is something my children will never know. The smell so strong that to this day it calls me to my youth.
We live in a world that is moving much to fast. We can’t keep up yet we are in control. We can slow it down. I think we must slow it down. No time to walk the isles of the book store just enjoying being the presence of so many books. Nope I need it now so I dump it to my Kindle. We can’t write each other letters. We have to do it now and get the response immediately. I know I must bother the hell out of some people when I don’t read my email over the weekends.
Please slow down. Let the leaves rest on the ground then eventually mulch them and leave it on your yard. It’s better for us all.