Fall Leaf Place Cards
Last week might as well be dubbed my Discovery of 1,000 Duhs. First, there was the accidental delight of greek yogurt stirred into lentils. And after 27 years of half-hearted trying, I finally understand the thrill of video games. Which just goes to show that an idea only has to be new to you to bear the great flush of being groundbreaking. And isn’t that a load off since there is, as they say, nothing new under the sun. With that in mind, I now present to you something new to me: fallen leaves as place cards at your next party.
This particular “no, duh” idea didn’t occur to me until I was walking home from the stationery shop — really wanting hot chocolate for the second time in a week but trying to resist –when my attention was diverted. I crossed paths with a perfect-looking ginko leaf, exotically formed and vibrantly yellow. What could I use these for, I wonder?
I learned the hard way that you cannot make leaves into keepsakes of any kind unless you press them between the pages of your heaviest dictionary or they will curl up hideously and become brittle. They are in the process of decomposition, after all. Still very much infatuated with the idea after my initial fail, however, I went out into the drizzly rain on the afternoon of the party, the hood of my jacket pulled up, and carefully considered leaves on the wet sidewalk. I see myself as someone who takes her time, who notices the small beauties of life. But scoping for leaves really slows you down and literally brings your focus to the ground level. The usual thoughts that pop up when you are going through the motions of familiar, routine activities don’t have room to take root. Looking for leaves, there will be no anxieties about what’s going on next week, next year, and how you’re going to scheme your life from point A to point B. I’m not saying you won’t get weird looks, but it’s a heavenly little meditation to bring you into the present moment.