"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Falling Magpie #35

Pile all those leaves up
We're going for a leaf ride
Load up the little pickup
We're going for a leaf ride
Heap orange, yellow and red
Fill up that little truck bed
We're going for a leaf ride
and here comes the best part...........
as
we
drive
slowly
up a hill
we're waiting for the thrill
of throwing gobs of leaves
at the honking cars behind us!
Silly them- they make a fuss...
Hah! We're going for a leaf ride!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When my two sons were young we had a little
Datsun pickup and we would load up the back with
tons (well-maybe not TONS) of freshly fallen
leaves. They would pile into the back with all the
leaves and I would drive slowly around our neighborhood
while the boys would wait for the right moment
to appear tossing big armfuls of color. What a lark.
Today, I suppose everyone would frown and not
enjoy the exuberance of youth with the colors of Fall.
They would possibly grumble about more leaves to rake up.
Nevermind, we had a great time.

38 comments:

signed...bkm said...

a leaf ride - what a wonderful way to enjoy the autumn....bkm

Katherine said...

I love the memory that weaved throughout these words... nice Magpie!

Reflections said...

what a wonderful pastime to go for a 'leaf ride' with your sons....

Sounds like great fun. thanks for sharing the leaf ride down memory lane.

Deborah said...

I love the thought of a leaf ride ... wonderful!

Mary said...

The leaf ride sounds like fun. What a wonderful tradition! I like the words of your poem as well as its shape!

Doctor FTSE said...

And if someone did it to you, it would be just as much fun!

willow said...

What a fantastic tradition. Perfect way to celebrate the season. I love it.

Book Bird Dog said...

Love that the kids gloried in the colors of the leaves. A fun memory of autumn.

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Gabriela Abalo said...

great way to welcome autumn!!

Nice Magpie :)

Helen said...

This is a delightful 'in your face' Magpie ... great read!

Jinksy said...

Sounds like atraffic accident waiting to happen, to me...

kathi harris said...

Sounds like a great time. Gd memories.

Diane T said...

Ah, the wonders of different shaded leaves! A leaf ride sounds fantastic!

christine said...

Such a joyous poem.. and how exciting for your boys.. a leafy throwing game. Lovely memories.

Martin H. said...

What's wrong with a little autumnal expression?

Friko said...

Naughty but nice!

Suz said...

sounds like fun

Lyn said...

This is a world and experience you've wonderfully portrayed that I have never known..and you're right, today there would probably be too much anger to accept this frivolity.. Play on!!

Jingle said...

fantastic ride...
cool tale.

joanny said...

Well Kathe next time you gather up I am jumping on the back of the pick-up and help toss heaps, my neighbors hate that I wait till the very last leaf drops and my house, driveway are filled with color, before I gather them up, sigh.

so much fun your poem and a great memories you shared with the boys..
witty magpie.

Cheers,
Joanny

Janice said...

Fun, fun, fun! What a great time you must have had on your leaf ride.

Stafford Ray said...

First we rode in a side box on the old Indian, then we had a three ton truck and kids rode in the back, no sides or anything to hold us in, then we had a car and all sat inside. Then we had seat belts in front and no babies allowed to ride on laps, then no arms outside windows, then everyone had to have a seat belt, then no phones in the car.
Why not make them completely safe and ban people from using cars at all... except for leaf rides!

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

the leaf ride sounds like fun...and something we would have been able to do years ago. You may still be able to in the country..Let's Go!

Abhilasha-The Desire said...

Oh, i loved the thought of a leaf ride... Would want a seat in your truck as well... Playful magpie :)

Carrie Burtt said...

I love this Kathe...wonderful through and through! :-)

Terresa said...

Sweet fall, all of it's goodness is wrapped up in this poem, a leaf ride, simple and yet, holds the world in it.

Lena said...

heh heh...I'd love to go a leaf ride! Sod them with no sense of fun or humour. It's only mess! And nature!

Brian Miller said...

how cool...a leaf ride...i need to try that with my boys...like the structure of this one as well..nice magpie!

Tumblewords: said...

Laughing - what fun - if you don't do it, the wind does... :)

steviewren said...

A leaf ride...yep, the best idea I've heard yet for entertaining kids and redistributing some leaves as well. Way to share the season with others!

Selma said...

This is such a wonderful memory. What fun. I can see the colours and hear the crunch of the leaves.

My sisters and I used to sweep all the leaves into a huge pile and then spend ages jumping into them. I'll never forget how happy it made me!

Leo said...

enjoyable autumn.. the ride is lovely! :)

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Claudia said...

this sounds fantastic - and i would love to go for a leaf ride now....

Karen said...

What a fun time this must have been! Great memory of fall.

ds said...

What fun! All we did was rake them (and then jump in, of course!) Great magpie, thank you.

Rogue said...

How absolutely delightful! We used to burn big piles of leaves. The smell was heavenly on a crisp fall day. Not allowed to do that anymore either. :-( Great read!

rel said...

I too decry they apparent loss of joy in today's world for watching the exuberance of youth. However, you've allowed a smile to grace my face as I image your boys creating a shower of color through the neighborhood!

Lydia said...

Oh, I imagine today you would be fined in some neighborhoods! But, as you said, never mind because it was great fun and still is great fun to read about. :)

(I am only now getting around to reading Magpie #35 at other blogs. Have been so behind that I won't allow myself to even look at the prompts for #36 and #37 yet....)