The Leaf Gatherer

At first it was the green ones
that attracted her eye…
as if they still had a bit of
life force left in them and their
suppleness felt a kinship
with her searching fingers.

But soon she took to
gathering the yellowed
and slightly mottled
leaves.  She stuffs
them in both hands,
as many as she can
cram…clutching them
dearly.  If one should
escape and fall it is
summarily retrieved
and gripped even tighter.

Our daily walks become
slowed by this activity
but I am intrigued and
watch her with
affectionate interest and
patience.  What is this
quest?  What is she
learning about the world
around her through this
repeated endeavor?
Do I really need to know?

And each day as I pick her
up to go inside after our
explorations and studies
of the outdoors…
her tiny hands spontaneously
open scattering them once again
to pattern the ground.

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  1. smiles…i think thou that we can learn much just being with little ones, seeing what they see…learning once more the awe and wonder…..

    good to see you…
    happy new year…


  2. How right you are, Brian. It’s so good to see you too. Happy New Year my friend!


  3. How lovely to walk with those little hands burning with curiosity ~

    Happy New Year to you ~ Cheers ~


  4. Cheers, Grace! Happy New Year…so nice to get a visit from you. And yes, so lovely to share the world with her and all her curiosity.


  5. Many magical moments through the eyes of a child! Happy New Year to you and your family. 😀

    (BTW – It is good to get a notice of a post ~~ becca)


  6. How lovely Gayle 🙂 🙂
    Happy New Year my sweet
    and dear friend 🙂

    Andro xxxx


    • Thank you, Andro…I appreciate that. And Happy New Year to you as well…may it be peaceful and prosperous.

      Gayle xoxo


  7. Oh such a precious time you are having with her…….seeing the world brand new again through her eyes. She is such a wonder. I am happy to see you writing, kiddo! Have missed you.


    • Yes, Sherry…so precious. She’s just the best little girl…sweet disposition and smart too. I hope to be more active with my writing again…and thanks for missing me! Have missed you too.


  8. Seeing the world anew through a child’s wonder. Such a delight. A charming poem, Gayle. Enjoyed.

    I think it’s been some time since you’ve posted. I pop by to check now and again. I’ve assumed you were involved with the little one. What a joy for you.

    Happy 2014. Wishing you many blessings,


    • Observations of a grandma… It’s wonderful spending time with that little girl…now a toddler and beginning to speak. She’s such a joy.

      Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. Seems spending time with the wee lass and the daughters had dragged my attention away from writing. But I do want to get it going again and hope that there’s still something I have left to say that’s worthwhile sharing. 🙂

      Happy New Year, Jamie! And much gratitude to you for your visits and support…it means a lot to me.




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