Despite the title, this isn't a post about parenting, about how you should let your child explore on their own, stumble and trip, wipe out and get road rash without you fussing about it because it is good for their character, independence, etc. (However, I do think all of that is true, even though it means I am holding my breath a lot.) This is just a simple post about leaves. Deciduous tree leaves and evergreen needles. Guess what folks? They fall. They simply fall off the trees and drop to the ground. Every darn year at this time. Imagine that. Do you think they feel sad as they slowly loose their grip on the only home they've ever known? Or do they enjoy the slow breezy drift down to the ground? Maybe they feel fear as they are forcibly ripped from their branches during a cold Autumn rain storm. Or most likely, they are just leaves and they fall. (I won't go into the science behind it - you know the gist.)
For the elderly lady who lives down the street from me, they don't just fall. The darn leaves plague her for weeks on end. Oak leaves, maple leaves, leaves from the grapevines that she has complained about covering and killing the same evergreen trees that she now complains about their needles dropping. I walk by her house nearly every day and she has found something to complain about in every season. Sitting on the short concrete wall at the end of her driveway, broom in hand, the mental weight she places on the fallen needles seeming to be more of a burden than the actual physical task of sweeping them up.
I can understand and admire having a sense of pride about your home and yard, keeping it in good condition, having a good work ethic. What I can't understand is the needless fretting and stressing about things that really don't matter. It is Autumn. Leaves will fall. And if the leaves didn't fall, then we wouldn't experience the wonderful world of green that is Spring - buds, blossoms, the new life that everyone (probably even this lady) is happy to see after the long bare days of Winter. A world without leaves would mean a world without trees. So appreciate those leaves and just let them fall.