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What Autumn’s all about (in a child’s opinion)

Growing up in South Africa I never got to experience running through piles of raked-up leaves in Autumn. The utter joy of seeing the golden leaflets flying as one’s feet knifed through them. Yesterday a few of us were working at the play park at our church, when this little one came to play. And this, truly, is what Autumn is all about – in her opinion anyway.

What were we thinking, working on this perfect Autumn afternoon, when we should have been raking our own piles of leaves together? But no, we left her to have all the fun.

Shoes off and safely stowed on the wooden bench
Shoes safely stowed on the wooden bench
Getting a really good run up
Getting a really good run-up
Yep! This is what it's all about. Are you watching?!?
Yep! This is what it’s all about. Are you watching?!?
Flying into the pile of leaves
Flying into the pile of leaves
And tearing away out the other end
And tearing out the other end
And after three or for runs, time to tell the dolly all about it.
And then, after three or for runs, time to tell the dolly all about it.
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4 thoughts on “What Autumn’s all about (in a child’s opinion)

  1. Reminded me of this poem by Phillip de Vos. Translated from Afrikaans;
    May you have a jolly day Ek wens vir jou ‘n mooi dag:
    A singing, dancing holi-day Spring-vinnig-uit-die-kooi-dag.
    Catch a sunbeam ‘n Dag vir lag,
    Catch a star ‘n Dag vir sing,
    You must skip and shout HURRAH! ‘n Dag vir bolmakiesie spring.
    And may the birds then sing to you ‘n Huppeldag,
    And their songs then bring to you ‘n Trippeldag;
    Peace and joy and lots of laughter: Vergeet-jy’s- siek of kruppel dag
    Days of Spring (Autumn) foever after. ‘n Dag vol lag en soet jasmyn.
    Heeldag sal die son bly skyn.

  2. I wish I could remember where I first heard ‘through leaves’ used as an adjectival phrase. It was on BBC radio – I don’t recall whether it was a short interview or an excerpt from a story. The context was that kicking up autumn leaves was so pleasurable, that describing something as “Oh that is SO through leaves” became a family expression of delight.

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