A crisp mountain breeze flutters the maple leaves above my head adding to the feeling of fire as I gaze into the remaining canopy. Even as a young boy I had the freedom to roam the farm as I pleased but there was always something about the little strip of trees between the driveway and what was part of a neighbor’s pasture at the time. There was always something interesting here. We gathered sticks to have fights here. Now it wasn’t that us boys actually did any fighting. But what we did was more like trading blows. The rules were that one boy would hold his stick out while the other one gave it a good whack with his stick in an attempt to break them. And you would take turns. Whoever was holding the shortest stick at the end was the loser. One of my champion sticks came from this very maple tree. The trick of course was to get them before they were on the ground too long and we learned the relative strength of each type of wood this way. Sometimes the game would be played on a fallen log or an outcrop of large rocks in a variation of “The Floor Is Lava”. In late October the long brittle stems of Ironweed and Joe-Pye-Weed became fencing sabers but you had to gather a lot of them because sometimes they would break in mid swing. If you had a dud you got a do over. Today I just love looking up at the firy colored leaves and being lost in the beauty of an Appalachian Fall but I can’t deny that some part of me wants to find a good stick on the ground and shake it at my brother while barking “EN GARDE”! and wasting the whole afternoon running through the mountains.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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