If you are a parent and live close to at least a tree or two, chances are you have participated in some of the greatest autumn rituals known to mankind.
I’m talking about burying the baby in a big old pile of freshly raked leaves!
Or watching your toddlers getting a running start for a majestic leap into the heap on the front lawn!
It’s a tradition as old as the wind and kind of indebted to it, too.
See, as moms and dads with rakes and digital cameras, we are forever at the mercy of a very very strong natural urge to scoop up our babes and deposit his or her tiny body in that crunchy mountain of goodness whenever the chance presents itself.
Then, later on, we encourage our kids to get in there and roll around and toss leaves up in the air, because we remember how awesome it was when we were that age.
That’s the kind of memories that a leaf pile is equipped with if you’re willing to just hurl yourself at it.
Pictures of our youngsters flopping around or buried up to their teeny eyeballs in a grand pile of gold and red and orange and yellow fall leaves are some of the best we will ever take. You can be sitting there, clicking rapid-fire through some friend’s newly posted Flickr shots of their kids and you might be bored out of your proverbial skull, BUT…if you come across the legendary baby-in-the-leaves, or an action shot of a couple of 6 year-olds all charged up on autumn glory, well, let’s just say it’s a whole different story then.
So, in the spirit of the season, let’s have some of that fantastic kids-in-the leaf-pile-action…right here, right now.
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