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October 16, 2002


I've been waiting for this since September... the leaves are finally turning.

It seems so long since I've seen Fall, but in reality I spent only a few years in Florida. Before that, I lived in Virginia. As similar as the area was to New England, I accepted the disparity between the environment and my memories of how the seasons "should" be as a geographic difference. Now that I've returned to the area where I grew up, I no longer have that luxury. Now I must admit that either things have changed or it wasn't as I remembered it.

The walk from my house to grade school took at least an hour. It was 437 miles from my house to school. Well, now I see it was about 437 steps to get to the schoolyard. But it took a really, really, really long time. This was probably because I dawdled. I know, it's hard to imagine a time when I wasn't so serious, but there was a moment or two when my curiosity and imagination held my attention. I was a daydreamer.

There was a very large rock in the back of the schoolyard. It was HUGE! I had to go to the back of the rock in order to climb it. The rock was in the shape of a boat's hull and we rode that boat all over the 7 seas. It was beside an even bigger rock that was larger than any of us dared to climb. (We couldn't get a good foot hold on it...) I've been back for 10 months, but haven't dared to visit the rock. I'm not at a point in my life (yet) where I could bear to find out that the rock could be reached without ropes and climbing gear. (It's probably not much taller than 5-6 ft high...)

For now, the rock has to stay larger than life. It's all I can take to admit that the leaves don't really turn until mid October...

Posted by BlueWolf on October 16, 2002 10:01 PM