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A Pile of Leaves (or Lies?)

After happily spending an afternoon amassing a pile of colorfully crackling dead leaves in our backyard, I watched with unabashed delight as my darling daughter ambled into view.  She spotted the newly built bed of fall fun, and with her eyes wide with excitement, stumbled happily in its general direction and Fosbury-flopped into it, her face painted with smiles and the crisp autumn air pierced with her unbrided laughs of delight.  My wife and I stood by, camera in hand, capturing every moment of this amazing time in our family.

At least that’s how I like to recount the tale.  In actuality, it played out a bit more like this.

After a third round of nagging, my wife threw a rake in my general direction and pointed at the backyard.  After about 10 minutes of chain-gang-esque manual labor, I had gathered a small group of leaves and came upon a fantastic idea –  I could use my daughter and some decent fall weather to get out of finishing the rest of the yard.  I went and found her, called for my wife to get the camera, and returned to my miniscule pile of mostly rotting leaves.  Justine stood, contemplated bathing in odorous yard detritus, and instead made a beeline for her playhouse instead.  Under the assumption that “she didn’t know what she was missing,” I coerced her back to me, picked her up and placed her into the leaf pile while my wife snapped “candids.”

Justine pulled herself up and ran as far away from this “fun fall activity” as she could.

Smart kid.

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  • janiewoods

    I think BOTH stories are equally entertaining! Love the “candid” shot! When she gets older and realizes the fun, she'll do it until she's the one cleaning up the mess….

  • http://www.pjmullen.com PJ Mullen

    We spent some time this weekend trying to get some 'candids' as well. Fun, isn't it?

  • http://www.empoweringlifestyle.com/ Debi

    Cute…..did you get out of the yard work?

  • http://postpartumdadsproject.org/2009/10/23/postnatal-paternal-depression-an-inside-view-with-joel-schwartzberg/ Lauren Hale

    heh.

    Maybe she'll be more into when she gets older? I loved playing in leaves when I was about 7 or 8.

  • http://daddystired.blogspot.com/ Doug @ Daddy's Tired

    Hilarious…I imagine I'll use that 'get out of work' tip when my daughter is old enough! Good Stuff!

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    Thanks! And she'll definitely be the one cleaning up those leaves – that was
    one of the bullet points on the pro's list for having kids… :)

    Mark

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    It IS fun – even more so when you realize that decades from now you'll
    probably forget they were all staged in the first place…

    Mark

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    Actually yes – although unfortunately my wife does read the blog so sadly
    I'm sure her memory will be jogged.

    Mark

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    I hope she gets into it – at least it'll be a positive to doing all that
    hard work – when I can't worm my way out of it of course.

    Mark

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    Ha – thanks!

    Mark

  • http://simplefather.com simplefather

    We can't so much as get our oldest to be in front of a camera anymore, so I'm impressed you even managed these 'candid' shots!

  • http://simplefather.com simplefather

    We can't so much as get our oldest to be in front of a camera anymore, so I'm impressed you even managed these 'candid' shots!