Yep, the leaves are comin down! I sat out in the spa yesterday and watched them. I looked up and, for a moment, I thought it was a flock of birds way up in the sky but then I realized it was leaves, spinning and whooshing up to the sky on an updraft of wind. It made me think of when I was a kid and we’d see so many birds flying south this time of year.
I remember sitting on top of my sliding board and watching clouds of birds that covered the sky in long black ribbons that seemed to go on forever. Wonder why we don’t see that anymore?
I remember an abandoned piece of property with a ramshackle old barn that had several gnarly old fruit trees and my Mom would take us there to gather apples and pears in the fall. We’d wrap the pears in newspaper and put them in boxes in the garage and it seems like we had pears forever.
I remember my biggest trick or trick ever! I had a huge bag of goodies. My brothers and I were walking home and a bunch of teenagers ran up behind us, pushed me down and took my trick or treat bag. My brothers took me home, dumped all their goodies on the table and we took turns choosing. One for you, one for me, until we all had an equal amount and then my big brother gave me the last piece even though it wasn’t my turn to pick. It was one of those peanut butter chewy things wrapped in waxy orange paper. I didn’t even like them but I still remember him giving me the last piece.
I remember my grandmother’s jams and preserves. Come to think of it, most of them seemed to be “pear based”. Apple and pear preserves, plum and pear preserves and good old pear butter.
I remember standing over the heating vents in our kitchen with my dress billowing out like Marilyn Monroe on chilly autumn mornings and my mother saying, “Patricia Ann, if you don’t get moving right now, your brothers are leaving without you!”
I remember having to leave my warm, cozy bed to get ready for school. I still have to leave my warm, cozy bed to get ready for school. I still don’t like it.
I remember being twenty pounds lighter and the waistband of my pants feeling loose instead of tight. I remember having two separate boobs instead of one continuous roll of fat across my chest and under my arms. Wasn’t that long ago. This time last year.
I can’t go back to Grandma’s pear preserves and mama urgeing me out the door every morning but you would think I could get back to where I was last year. Wouldn’t you?
What do you remember?