October 15, 2013

How Beautifully Leaves Grow Old


"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days.”

-John Burroughs


We are past our fall peak now, it was as long as any I've ever known in Northern MN.
The trees have dropped all but a few leaves, but the lower bushes & trees (like the sumac above) are still bright & blazing with fall foliage, I think because we haven't had hard freezing weather yet to wither the lower vegetation.

I hope to grow old like the leaves. Full of light & color.

I also hope to grow old like our neighbors.
Mr. Jacobson called & came a-honking just a while ago. Mr. Jacobson is 95 or so and uses a wheel chair due to an injury long ago. That does not stop him from driving. Today he brought us three trays of apples from his trees. It was raining as I unloaded the apples & stood visiting at his car window.
He was sporting a dapper hat on this cool rainy fall day. I've always had a thing for hats, and hope that if I'm still out making deliveries in my car at Mr. Jacobson's age, I might wear a classy hat.

Marianne called last night and we had a good chat about babies & more. She is off to catch a flight to southern California to see her grandson get married this weekend. I hope if I reach Marianne's age of 94, I am still up for as much adventure as she is.

We're beyond fortunate to have these inspiring neighbors mingled into our lives.
And the leaves of another beautiful fall, too.

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28 comments:

  1. wonderful neighbors you have, indeed! my neighbor is 80 and is a pistol! :)

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  2. Beautiful leaves! Yes, I hope to grow old like the fall leaves too.

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  3. It is exciting to see people who have lived long still vibrant, sometimes despite not being in perfect health. It really is inspiring!

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  4. Your neighbors sound so awesome. I really enjoy hanging out with older people (my grandma is 90) and find them so fun! I love this quote as well :)

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  5. Amanda,
    I pray that I age well too! I am 32 and some days I feel like I have not aged well so far.

    The Rancher's Grandma turned 90 in April. She is so active and healthy. We call a day a head of time if we are headed to the Hills and make an appointment to see her! She plays a lot of cards and we tease her about stealing all the Card Gals pennies.

    Our neighbor couple to the south are in their mid-80's and have also aged well. Yes, they are still on the ranch, so we keep a pretty close eye on them. They rent the pasture ground out and have very little farming.

    You are right; our fall has been a whirlwind. The Rancher added up the moister from the last 10 days ... 4.25". We went to check some cattle this morning and there is water sitting everywhere. The cattle could really use some sunshine.

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  6. The sumac is still really beautiful. I'm glad you were able to see some lovely colors on your 600 mile jaunt around northern Minnesota!

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  7. Oops I hit publish before I was finished. I meant to say wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all live as long as your neighbors and still be in good health to enjoy it!

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  8. Your neighbors are truly an inspiration. My Dad was very active until he lost his eyesight at 99. He's now 101 and still does pretty well. Our leaves are just starting to turn. Your photo is beautiful.

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  9. I love autumn's color palette, beautiful capture and edit.

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  10. you are lucky, I've a couple of friends that are 90 + and some just about 90 they are all inspiring, funny, full of energy, move slowly or quickly, arthritis age etc doesn't slow them down...I always hope a slight dusting of their magic rests with me when our visit is done. this is a lovely photo..

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  11. I think one of the advantages of getting to the ripe old age of 95 is the ability to carry off a dapper hat - much younger and it looks like an affectation!!

    Nice autumn (as we say!) leaves.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  12. Beautiful photo, beautiful thoughts. I had not heard that quote before and it is going into my inspiration notebook. Thanks for a beautiful post. :-)

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  13. Wow - Mr Jacobson bringing a three trays of apples - neighbours to be cherished indeed. I can just picture you standing in the rain talking to him. Wonderful post.
    Wrenx

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  14. Sounds like you do have wonderful neighbors! Love your shot!

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  15. wonderful picture of the sumac. glowing.

    great quote.

    seniors are a gift. my cousin's 97 and healthier than her kids and grandkids.

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  16. Your photo look so beautiful. I am enjoying watching all the leaves changing colors here in Oregon. I used to a preschool teacher and I would with a sweet lady that was 85 or so. And she would run circles around me. I used to always say the same thing about wanting to have all that energy at that age.
    Life is good my friend.

    Hugs~

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  17. I am glad you have good neighbors.

    Lovely shot of the sumac tree.

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  18. Fantastic role models for all of us. :)

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  19. Lovely leaves ... and we could all learn a lot of lessons from them about life, couldn't we? We just need to stop and notice. And listen.

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  20. What will stay are the memories...if you put some away every day imagine what a magic bag you will have when you are getting old!Have a lovely week with more visits from your wonderful neighbors!

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  21. We are just entering the peak now and have spent the last days in the wood

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  22. Amanda, you have such a natural talent for embracing life and this quote, photo and inspirational story is such a touching and meaningful way to share it!
    Jemma

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  23. Those leaves seem so fragile and yet the're the ones that have lasted longest! Is it the fresh and clean air, or the healthy lifestyle in Minnesota that keeps your neighbours so fit with a high life expectancy? :-) I just enjoy reading about your neighbors and family that are doing well and are living in their own houses and being active members of the community / fellowship! So encouraging!
    Enjoy the weekend, Amanda!

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