Leaves become most beautiful when they’re about to die.

Every year the Pudding gang goes on a fall leaf adventure, and yesterday was The Day. We took a ferry to Grafton, Illinois and stomped around through Pere Marquette after learning that it’s really hard to be a vegetarian in Grafton unless you’re willing to eat a big greasy glop of cheese. (We took the girls to a restaurant/winery who claims they have the best burgers in Grafton. It’s a really big place with a really big meaty and boozy menu. When I asked if they have veggie burgers, the woman at the register just stared at me and shook her head. I ordered the big greasy glop of cheese, as you do when your only option is the big greasy glop of cheese.)


I could sit here and type things like “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” (Camus) or “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” (Thoreau), but you’ve heard it all before. Alternatively, I could make some sort of weird connection like Orange IS the New Black!, but we all know if I’ve never seen a Doctor Who episode or a Housewives of Whatever County episode, there’s a pretty good chance that I’m missing out on all kinds of good things on television, including OItNB and one should not reference things that one is not able to explain. Time is all around. So much stuff exists and I have no idea what’s happening! I’M ON INSTAGRAM, so you would think I would be more aware of THINGS.


As we walked through the park, our conversation turned toward The Hunger Games and the things you need to be aware of while exploring woody areas. Unmedicated monkeys. Owls with anger management problems. Lions in denial.


At one point I asked, “What if we turn this corner and there is another family of four and they come up to us and calmly say, ‘We are here to fight you.’? What should we do? Should we just start beating the crap out of them or should we say, ‘Listen. We don’t want to fight you.’?” Both girls agreed that we shouldn’t fight. Suddenly, I felt like a good parent (who lacks the energy to look up the rules about quotes within quotes, so I’m burping out punctuation all willy-nilly).?,”!


With that said, a few months ago, Meredith asked who Prince is. Last night we pulled up a Nirvana video on YouTube, and she asked if it was The Beatles. We still have a lot of work to do.

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13 thoughts on “Leaves become most beautiful when they’re about to die.”

  1. I have a playlist on my phone that is called ‘Educational’ for precisely that reason, and for awhile every errand included playing a song and talking about it. :)

  2. Feeling so very justified for googling punctuation & quotes yesterday. I was editing so I had to determine the “right” way. I have since forgotten again. Anyway, isn’t Pere Marquette gorgeous? Husband and I rented a cabin there once and spilled red wine all over the bed. Oops.

  3. It says something about me that the burping punctuation line is what made me snort. Keep on keepin’ on, Ms. Pudding. Hope you’re not suffering from the big greasy blob of cheese.

  4. But Thoreau ALSO said: “None is so poor that he need sit on a pumpkin. That is shiftlessness.” COME ON THOREAU MAKE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT GOURD SEATING

  5. I love your pictures. Beautiful day.

    Note: My grandson is four, and I haven’t yet told him why he only has contemporary DVDs of two of the Beatles. He thinks they are still a band, and hopes to see them “real” some day. For now he’s content with CDs of the Fab Four, but I don’t look forward to seeing that cherubic face when he finds out I’ve kind of deceived him.

  6. “Burping punctuation”

    “I’ve always said your heading”


    “Educational playlists”

    Those made me laugh, and the spectacular pictures made me smile. Another winning post for no mo blah po!

  7. Jana wins comments today! As a prize I nominate her for “only person Angie responds to this month”.

  8. the ABD PhD TOTALLY made me snort since I am an ABD EdD – ha ha ha – I love the world of acronyms!!! I love no mo blah po month!!!

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