Hello, this is Survival Sam. I’ve been given permission to write posts for this blog from time to time, and I count it a privilege.
So many media outlets are reviewing the past year or airing “Best Of” shows. What I have to offer is a different kind of “Best Of” feature. It’s an essay from one of the students in the Language Arts course I teach at a small college in our area.
In mid November I assigned the class to write a few paragraphs about something that made autumn unique this year. A student I’ll call
Like so many places around the country this fall, our leaves here took a longer time than usual to change colors. Those colors were rather dull it seems, with a few exceptions, of course. There were fewer brilliant reds and oranges though. Leaves fell later, too. Is it my imagination, or did they fall during a longer period of time? The other morning I looked at the tree in our front yard and noticed it was bare. All the leaves had fallen when I wasn’t looking. I like that tree best when it’s filled out with lots of green. Try as I might, there would be no way to put those leaves back. There’s nothing I can do now but live with it as it is. It’s a sign of winter, and winter’s soon to be here. If all goes as it does every year, the leaves will return in the spring.
While many think of global warming when they see the leaves this fall, I think of something else. Have you noticed we’re losing freedoms we normally take for granted in this country? I won’t analyze here why that is, but, like the falling leaves, it’s been happening gradually. Then one morning you wake up and they’re all gone. I’d say the tree of freedom is pretty bare already. Like my tree out front, the freedom leaves can’t be put back. We’ll just have to live with it.
Wouldn’t you like to know what dinner conversations were like in
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3).