Fall even comes to sunny Southern California – complete with piles of dead leaves to crunch! I took a walk with one of my favorite 19 month old friends and we came upon piles of dead leaves on the side of the sidewalk. I was going to continue walking on the sidewalk when I realized that we’d miss out on some great fun. So I steered my walking partner over to the leaves. Then I started stomping on the brown, dried-out leaves. Crunch, crunch, crunch. What a delightful sound. This little guy looked up at me, saw my smile, and I said, “You try it.” I demonstrated the stomping action again. He’s a quick study – this walking partner. He hopped to the leaves and stomped as hard as his little feet could go. Delighted, he giggled and smiled…and kept up the crunching until we reached the end of the leaves.

Wow! I don’t recall seeing dried-out leaves in Southern CA during the last time I lived here! I thought leaf-crunching was only possible in cold climates. Did G-d just plant these trees recently? Doubt it. Just now I’m more sensitive to enjoying nature. Seeing the world through the eyes of a 19-month old sharpens my vision.

So go ahead – find some brown, dried-out leaves and start crunching!

Happy Fall!

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Some fall scenes from my sojourn in Northeast Ohio