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Flashback Friday — Pile on the Fun

As we prepare for the annual Vanech Family Leaf Removal Operation, I automatically reach for this photo:

Can't you hear her laughing? Catherine, age 3.

Can’t you hear her laughing? Catherine, age 3.

It was taken the first autumn after we moved in — back when all those chores were exciting because they were new and OURS. (It was also back when Catherine would happily grab a rake or shovel and head into the yard to help, no threats of bodily harm required.)

I remember the day vividly — it was sunny, the temperature crisp, the leaves falling in a never-ending cascade. We spent the day raking them into a huge pile, all the better for jumping, naturally. We raked and jumped again and again.

As you can tell by the expression on her face, our efforts were greatly appreciated.

Yesterday, Basil went out with the lawn vac and handled the first few stragglers of the season himself while Catherine was at school and I toiled away at the computer keyboard.

It wasn’t the same.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


4 thoughts on “Flashback Friday — Pile on the Fun

  1. LOVE that picture. It radiates joy!

    Also, stopping by from Crafty Spices Hop to check out and grab an email subscription to your blog. Your blog looks great!

    Thank you for visiting and grabbing an email subscription on mine as well.
    Have a great weekend! -gina

    Posted by Gina Valley (@GinaValley) | October 26, 2013, 6:20 am
  2. One of my most favourite pictures of my son is very much like the one of your Catherine. He is in a pile of raked leaves with the sun shining on his happy little face. Such a joyful simple activity for wee ones! This past Thanksgiving our family went for a lovely walk in a conservation area & at one point I turned around to find our 4 grown children (our 2 & their spouses) gleefully submerged amongst a pile of leaves followed by throwing them as high as they could in the air. It warmed my heart just to watch them! Thanks for sharing:)

    Posted by Lynn | October 25, 2013, 9:02 am

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