Sitting at my kitchen table yesterday morning I looked out the window and noticed these two boys walking along. It only took a moment for them to notice the huge pile of leaves that have been gathered so the city workers can sweep them up and haul them away. In a flash they each took a running leap and fell into that pile of leaves, just like we all have done at one time or another.
I watched them for several minutes and laughed at their antics. They jump and fell into those leaves time and again, through the leaves at each other, thoroughly enjoying themselves. Oblivious to time and demands and school. I finally got up and ran to get my camera, and by the time I was looking out the window the two had moved on to a different pile of leaves, repeating the same fun and leaf smashing.
I could not help but smile to myself, and I kind of wanted to just go out there and join them. to just let all responsibility go by the wayside and enjoy the moment. Instead, I quietly opened a door and took a few images of them as they decided to move on, talking and laughing….and coming back to the reality that they needed to get to school. I love the ‘evidence’ left on the street…that splash of leaves that no longer sit in the pile.
What a great reminder to play! How soon we forget to do that as we ‘grow up’ and embark on our lives, our careers, raising families, working to pay the bills.
May you find your own pile of leaves to play in today, real or imagined.