Thursday, November 6, 2008


I like autumn. I like watching the miracle of nature. The leaves change colour and then fall. I'd been waiting for the mass suicide of the leaves this year since September, but they were holding on. I mean, I would see some flashes of yellow, gold and brown here and there but not the carpet of leaves everywhere like usual. Well, yesterday as I was walking around I realized the leaves had finally given up the ghost. They'd pretty much just changed overnight it seemed and took the dive. And then it occurred to me that we just had a new, new, really NEW president elected the night before. Not to be all prophetic and shit, I don't really do that, but it just seemed like a cool coincidence to me. The thought I had when I noticed all the leaves was, "Wow. It seems like Mother Nature herself was waiting for the damn election to be over with baited breath." Where I live has many trees. The campus I attend classes at has A LOT of trees. I would look out the windows of class and wonder when Mommy Nature was gonna let the leaves do their thing ever since I started school. And yesterday it just seemed like there wasn't a leaf on a single tree 'cause I was walking on a blanket of leaves and everywhere I looked was golden and brown on the ground. The same, to a slightly lesser extent, at home. Leaves, leaves, leaves. I know I'm not imagining this 'cause, like I said, I'd been looking for the leaves to turn and fall. (I know the Mommy Nature thing is my 'magination, I'm just sayin'!)

The seemingly late suicide of the leaves is a just a pattern I've noticed over the years growing up. The seasons are shifting, which to me just proves how bullshit our recording of time really is. I've noticed for a while now that the seasons come later/last longer than they used to. Only natural, I think. The planet is a living thing, a living system and all living systems change. CHANGE! The only constant in the universe. Big word right now. Pretty cool. I like change. Most of the time. I'm rambling now so I'm out. Any thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. When I lived in Vermont, the leaves started changing much earlier than they do here in NYC. I was always startled by that.

    Fall has always been my favorite time of year. And this year it felt like we had a real Fall for once, instead of an extended summer. It was much colder in October than it's ever been in the last 10 years.

    That said, I don't seem to remember the leaves changing and falling here any earlier than late October, early November. So from my perspective and memory at least, we're actually right on time for the NYC area.

    Travel just outside of the city -- North or West -- and the timeline for this shifts dramatically. Those areas get the changeover much earlier than we do. NYC gets thermal heating from the concrete and buildings, which tricks the trees into staying greener longer.

    But yeah, I'm so happy it's finally happening! Yay!