The other day, Tina and I noticed a tree in our neighbor’s yard filled with green leaves. Within a day, those leaves turned to autumn colors of orange and yellow. I guess that autumn is finally here.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a time when residents will rake their leaves into piles to either burn or have them carted off. Some of the residents use the leaves as mulch for the winter months.
While seeing the new colors pop up on the trees – and falling to the ground – memories of my childhood in Newtonia came about.
There were a couple of days set aside — usually on Sundays around this time of the year — that my parents incorporated the help of Greg and I to help rake the leaves, pick them up with a wheelbarrow and take them to the front ditch.
As the leaves in the ditch grew in height, Greg and I were given the opportunity to jump into the leaves. (I know, sounds bad, but hey, it was fun). After my brother and I would crawl out of the leaves, Dad put gasoline on the pile, strike a match, causing the orange, brown and yellow leaves to become ashes.
But the fun did not stop there. Mom brought out marshmallows or hot dogs to roast. At that time, I was not very much of a hot dog eater, but I could still smell them roasting over an open flame.
Fast forward to the present, we don’t have a lot of trees in our yard, but we do like to see the leaves changing colors around town. It also makes for good photographs.
Another thing that we enjoy this time of the year is hot chocolate, reading books and playing board games and watching TV. Let’s hope that we will not have a bad winter.
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Looking for something to do this Saturday? Then come down to the Stellabration in Stella. The day includes a veterans program to arts and crafts to food to music even a parade. (See complete story in Wednesday’s edition of the Neosho Daily News).
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN