To Catch a Falling Leaf


Have you ever tried to catch a falling leaf? You watch the leaves falling and know that it should certainly be a cinch to catch one. When you actually bobble your head and stretch out your hands under a tree of falling leaves, you catch nothing. They are not slippery to the touch, but slippery in their elusiveness to the catch. Anyhow, why even write about catching a falling leaf.  I write because life is a series of trying to catch falling leaves. Not that life is difficult, but it does tend to be elusive to catch in many ways.  You have to demand patience and a willingness to stick with the task to catch that leaf.  The harder and the longer you try, you build up techniques. You miss one and mentally challenge yourself to find out why.  You begin to see how it is done more easily. Your hands need to be positioned just right, lower and lower. You need to coordinate your options. Your head is positioned correctly, eyes, steady on the targets, hands even lower, feet ready to move, body on a swivel and heart hoping.  That’s it. It is having the heart that makes all the difference, so I have come to think.

Perseverance is a guide, and dedication brings the leaf floating directly on target, seemingly right into your lowered hands! You grab, scratch, open your mouth, gulp air, maybe that will help, you secretly make a promise to God you will be worthy and yes, indeed you make the catch.  The leaf is yours. You put it in your pocket like the poem says, never let it fade away and save it for a wintry day. You make a secret wish on this momentous occasion. You know you will have luck for the catching, so you do not wish for that, but instead your wish is a question.  But wait, your leaf will dry and crumble, perhaps one day it will fall away. All you will have is this day of luck, a question asked and the memory of a great split second catch because you did not give up until the falling leaf was yours. Congratulations!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brendelle Rosenbloom
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 12:06:48

    Wow—beautiful writing and I am going to my garden and look for a special leaf—-

    Kaiser called this morning and after telling me Monday the doctor had a two month wait—I am scheduled for surgery Friday morning—-oops, fast and no time to look back, just going to do it and of course today my feet feel great! I did take a baby aspirin yesterday and probably should tell them but sure it has absorbed by now and drinking a lot of water….

    How were Skip’s Lab results?

    Keep in touch…….will be here in two boots for 6-8 weeks.

    Love, B PS We LOVED being with you both Sunday night and sharing a glass or two of wine all all your treats…….you are my hero!


  2. Sheryl
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 19:59:06

    Lovely. . . I like how you took something as simple as a falling leaf, and turned it into a wonderful thought-provoking post.


  3. April
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 20:18:21

    I love to catch leaves and I rarely ever get close to catching one. The leaves are like rivers they never flow strait down to were they are expected , they often swerve back and forth through the air which makes it even harder to catch. I love this post and think it’s such a great thing to write about!!!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Feb 19, 2014 @ 08:25:23

      OH, OH, Miss April,
      You truly touched my soul with your comment, so true. I love you!
      You really are a deep thinker. Thanks for your thoughts and comments on Catching a Falling Leaf. I do hope you keep trying and catch one, soon.
      Your Grandma Sheila


  4. Dina
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 17:29:32

    What a lovely post! I’ve become more proficient at capturing those elusive leaves. Treasure the moment and make it last through the day, baby!


  5. Sheila Clapkin
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 12:03:11

    YOU go girl and catch leaves, like you have nothing else to do. YOU are busy from morning until night and thank goodness all is well. It is nice to know that you are taking some well deserved time to practice catching leaves!
    YO Mama


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