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leaf things I forgot to say last time

Neighbors were talking about when leaves fall (some early, some late), and one said, "My father always used to say about oak leaves, 'They don't like to fall until they smell the [Thanksgiving] turkey in the oven.'"

(Some hang on longer; they wait until the next generation come along and give them a push.)

Also: catch a falling leaf and you can make a wish, but what if a falling leaf catches you, and hangs on? This happened to me the other day. Does it get a wish?

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queenoftheskies
Nov. 5th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that not all leaves fall in the season in which they turn. Interesting, isn't it?

Kind of like some cats don't shed out one coat until they're ready to grow in their winter coat, I guess.
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
Hee, I like the comparison with cats.
galestorm
Nov. 5th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like what your father said about the leaves waiting until they smell turkey! But what about the vegetarian leaves? Are they the ones that hang on until long after the others? :-D
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Actually my neighbor's father, not mine, but yes, I wonder about the vegetarian leaves--maybe they fall when they smell baked sweet potatoes? Or maybe, as you say, they're the ones that hang on until spring.
sovay
Nov. 5th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
"My father always used to say about oak leaves, 'They don't like to fall until they smell the [Thanksgiving] turkey in the oven.'"

That's intriguingly predatory.
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
It's certainly an interesting delineation of cause and effect!
amaebi
Nov. 6th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
Like planting when the [whatever] leaves are the size of a squirrel's ear.
thewronghands
Nov. 5th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
If a falling leaf catches you, you tie it to your bag like an omamori and carry it around for a while so its kami can experience more of the world.
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
I love this idea. I'll have to *do* this.
thewronghands
Nov. 6th, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC)
I thought you might; anyone who would wonder if the leaf got a wish is the right kind of person. :)
stormdog
Nov. 6th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
I thought of you and your post and picture as I walked home this evening. I passed under a tall tree that was dropping a veritable deluge of gold and brown leaves on me. I tried to catch a few out of the air, but was not deft enough.
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)
They have a way of juuuuust dodging one's grasping hands. Clever things.
yamamanama
Nov. 6th, 2015 03:46 am (UTC)
On the other hand, sumac turns bright red in September.

I remember learning that the change in leaves comes from the lack of daylight and not from the cold. So maybe it isn't unusual to see green on the maples this late.
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, sumac's the first harbinger.

Out here, all the maples are bare now.
mnfaure
Nov. 6th, 2015 09:08 am (UTC)
I love the idea of a being the vehicle by which a leaf gets its wish. :D

asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
^_^
heliopausa
Nov. 6th, 2015 11:15 am (UTC)
I like the photo very much. :)
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's almost as hard to catch falling leaves with a camera as it is with one's hands!
amaebi
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:14 pm (UTC)
"Are you my tree trunk?"
asakiyume
Nov. 6th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hahaha

I'll gladly be your tree trunk, little leaf.
oiktirmos
Nov. 6th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
but what if a falling leaf catches you, and hangs on?
If the leaf was not attached to a falling tree your wish was granted.
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
If the leaf was attached to a falling tree, the situation would have been dire!
khiemtran
Nov. 7th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC)
Maybe you get your wish, but only if the leaf approves of it...
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 02:43 am (UTC)
the judgment of leaves--I can abide by it.
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