Orange fall leaves in Kalispell, Montana

A Town Like Maycomb

October is rolling right along and the leaves are dropping like crazy. It’s a good thing because last year they didn’t get a chance to have a proper fall. An early freeze came along and stopped them in their tracks. They were quite confused and clung to the branches all winter long blocking our view of the streetlight at the corner. This is a problem for us because it’s how we tell how much snow is falling on a cold winter’s night. By looking at the rate of falling snow under the light, one can generally predict if it’s going to be 1 to 2, or 3 to 4 inches by morning.

Orange fall leaves in Kalispell, Montana

Orange fall leaves in Kalispell, Montana

I like raking leaves and I also like listening to the sound of frozen leaves dropping to the ground. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to the latter, but I think my favorite sound of autumn leaves is the rustling they make under my feet. It rates right up there with snow crunching under my boots, but since it’s fall I’m going to stick with an autumn thought for now.

I often feel like Scout at this time of year. Just the other night when David and I were taking a walk he said it sounded like “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I probably murmured something like “uh, huh” and then my mind wondered to the scene where Scout walks home through the woods in her ham costume.

“This night my mind was filled with Halloween — there was to be a pageant representing our county’s agricultural products; I was to be a ham. Jem said he would escort me to the school auditorium. Thus began our longest journey together.”

That movie left a big impression on me and ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to live in a town like Maycomb, and hear the sound of dry autumn leaves rustling under my feet.

Now I do.


If you’ve not seen the award winning movie,To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s a wonderful family movie to watch in the fall or for Halloween. I highly recommend it. If you would like to purchase the movie, please buy it here from Amazon as I get a small commission if you do. Thank you.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Collector's Edition)
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