I love, love, LOVE this time of year. I was driving down Alden Lane in Lake Forest last week...

I love, love, LOVE this time of year.   I was driving down Alden Lane in Lake Forest last week.  The sky was that perfect cool blue.  It was in the morning and the eastern sun was dancing magically through the trees – the leaves were a multitude of colors.  I was simply awed by their vibrant foliage. 

There is something about autumn on the North Shore that conjures up so many memories… mainly wonderful ones.

I remember our Halloween parade at Joseph Sears.  I wonder if they still do that?  All the children would line up in their costumes and parade outside around the school for the mothers to take pictures.  Some of the costumes were amazing – it depended totally on the creativity and enthusiasm of the mother. I still remember the kid who was dressed like a tube of Crest toothpaste! 

My mother was not really into Halloween so our costumes were never memorable.

One of the parents in town would turn their house into this amazing haunted house.  I was always too afraid to go inside, so I never went to that house for trick or treating.   I heard that one year Mr. Karp, the junior high social studies teacher, leaped out of a coffin – to the screams of all the kids. 

When I was really young, I would go trick or treating with my friend and her dad, “Uncle Charlie.”  I think he enjoyed it more than we did.  He’d get dressed up in a bear coat and when the doorbell rang, he’d jump out of the bushes and be quite dramatic.  One time he grabbed the pillar on someone's house and inadvertently pulled it off its base!

I remember on weekends how our whole family would be out raking the leaves and forming great piles.  My brother and I would run and jump in the piles – much to the chagrin of my folks as the leaves scattered out everywhere.  Then there was the the smell of smoke all over town as every family would burn their pile of leaves.

Sadly those memories have been replaced with incessant din of leaf blowers.

Do you remember memorizing Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “I think that I shall never see…

Today, as I look around my yard, I can barely see the lawn – the maple leaves have covered everything.   It reminds what is around the corner…. I need to get the gutters cleaned and put the pots away for the winter and … 

I'll think about that tomorrow.  

Today, quite simply, I LOVE fall.

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