It has been raining for a few days now and I walked to the library yesterday underneath my purple umbrella to check out some books and videos. I almost walked past this dramatic leaf and then stopped and backed up to have a closer look. The leaf was huge and probably a variety of hosta or similar plant. I am not a gardener like my mother, although I did make an attempt at gardening at another time in my life. My garden always seemed to be an overgrown haven for invasive plants that spread underground runners and took over things.
This leaf stands alone, its veins marking the passage of time and its coloring heralding the coming of fall. The drops of rain along the surface stand up quietly to announce their presence on this quietly grey day. The shape of the leaf folding back on itself is what intrigued me to take a closer look. Sometimes, when we hurry through our lives, we miss the small things, the important things, the quiet beauty of the things all around us. Just for a moment, really see instead of just looking. Try to capture this beauty in your mind and hold it close to your heart.
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