We live in a lovely neighborhood with mature trees lining the streets.

Trees. Leaves. Fall.

You see where I’m going with this?

My elderly neighbor has been regularly and carefully raking down the property line between our houses so I decided we’d better take the hint. We spent all morning yesterday raking leaves. Six or seven or a hundred leaf bags later we were done and the kids were cheering since we promised them hot chocolate when we were done.

Until I pointed out that we raked up the leaves from just one tree and we have about four more that haven’t really started dropping theirs yet. We’ll see how long hot chocolate is a good enough enticement before we have to switch to “we all work together and you are going to do your part!” with the kids. Or with Beloved.