Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall Decorations

My daughter helped me put out fall decorations this week. She was much more excited than I. I was sad to put away treasures and traces of summer. I was a bit grumpy about saying goodbye to long hot days full of sunshine and swimming and sand between my toes! She was simply excited to help me do a job. It made her feel big and special and useful. Her days seem to stretch out before her with no end in sight, and, if anything, she would rush them along if she could, while I plan to cling to my flip-flops until the snow flies! Her little person brain has no idea that the passage of time seems to speed up at an alarming rate as we get older. For her, it is just fun to see each new day, each new season unfold in front of her and she is often impatient to get to the next new something! So, she eagerly helped me remove an assortment of glass bottles and shells and driftwood and other summertime treasures from the mantle and replace them with grapevine pumpkins entwined with twinkle lights and faux berry garland in shades of cinnamon and nutmeg and clove. An interesting thing kept happening along the way, however. She repeatedly asked me when we were going to put up the fall stuff. As I looked at her, arms laden with autumn leaves and candles, I was confused. As it turns out, I wasn't the only one. After her nap a few hours later, she came down and looked around and said, " Mom, did you put up the decorations?" Clearly I am missing something here. I say, "Well, yes, see? There they are." I slowly spin in place, arms outstretched. "But Mom," she says, "none of them are falling. They are still right where we put them!" :0)

1 comment:

Shannon said...

How precious is that?! Curl up with a good book and enjoy some hot chocolate by your wonderful fireplace! That will put you in the mood for fall :)