Dr. Ray Augenstein
We had to go to Manistee this weekend to meet with our Daughter and grandchildren. We drove on M-61 to 175, then on towards Cadillac. We had driven this route a week previous, just to look at the fall colors. The news channel said that Cadillac was at its peak at the time, but how in error they were. On this journey, we topped a hill on 175 and were treated to a kaleidoscope of colors. Reds, Yellows, Burgundy, Greens. They were brighter and more plenteous than our previous trip. What a treat to our senses. I enjoy the colors we have all around us in the Northern areas of Michigan where we now live. When our children were young, we would leave our home in Alma, and take a day’s trip up north to Harrison, just to look at all the colors along the way. We would stop at a road side park on old 27, between Clare and Harrison and have lunch, and the kids would play in the park.
Beautiful leaves, beautiful colors, but they do have a drawback. They all like to end up on my lawn. Not just from my trees but also from the neighbor’s trees also. It’s like they’re throwing a huge party and invited all the other leaves to join them.
They settle down upon my lawn in the middle of the night and when I awake, I look at the blanket of brown all around me. I can’t see a hint of grass anywhere. And the obnoxious leaves dare me to move them. I get out my trusty rake and spend all day cleansing the lawn of the intruders, only to look behind me and see that they are sneaking back in behind me. They don’t even have the courtesy to wait until I have the yard cleaned before they attempt to take over again. I have tried bagging them, burning them, mulching them, and even trying to give them away, but they have no desire to leave my home. I don’t know what they find so attractive here, but if I could find out I would remove the attraction.
I had gone to bed, tired from all my labors, only to find that during the night they had another party, and more of their relatives were passed out on the lawn. Where did they come from, I could have vowed that the trees were bare when I went to bed. I think I’m going to stay up some night and watch to see if someone is dumping their leaves on my lawn when I’m not looking.
When I was a kid, I used to enjoy raking huge piles of leave and jumping in them with my siblings. But now my siblings are all old people and don’t jump in leaves anymore. I think I’m getting too old to enjoy them like I used to. I’m at the point where I’ll let someone else rake my leaves. If I can only figure out the best time to do it, a time when they won’t come back, and I won’t have to pay someone 3 or 4 times just to get my yard cleansed from these Autumn Intruders.
Dr. Raymond Augenstein PhD. was born in Michigan. He served in the US.Navy as a yeoman attached to the CID. He attended Bible college in California after military service, became a Pastor, Evangelist and Gospel recording artist. He continued studies to become a licensed counselor and earned a Doctorate Degree from The University of Michigan, after retiring from 42 years in the ministry. He is the former Supervisor of Hayes Township.