February 4, 2002
The following story was written by Cindy Nadeau, from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Cindy was recently enrolled in literacy classes at the Fredericton Community Literacy Committee CASP. The class is part of the Community Academic Services Program in the province.
When I walk to school, it seems to get a little monotonous for me at times. A little change is what I need from time to time on my walks. I mean, who could find walking on the same path, exciting after a long period of time everyday. Today I did notice something different, I was in amazement. I came upon something that only comes once a year, and only after the moisture has saturated it, can it appear. The dark hues and licorice colors of leaf prints stand out in contrast with the white pasty sidewalk they lie upon. At a quick glance, the collage of prints very much resembles dark splotches on the sidewalk, but upon closer observation you can see the formation of leaf prints. I find nature's leaf print collage an abnormality that brings such fun to an otherwise dull looking sidewalk. From nature's artist's brush, it adds and compliments its surroundings. Everything focuses in together as you stand up to see it all: the green grass, the multiple colors of the fallen leaves lying everywhere and the brilliant morning sunshine radiating all around creating shadows that balance out the light to dark beauty of nature. All of this and to see the design on the sidewalk: it was a refreshing sight that early in the morning. I am quite looking forward to the colder weather when the cyrstal formations appear on everything, in nature's splendid order.
[This story was taken with permission, from The Learning Times, May 2001, published by the New Brunswick Coalition for Literacy.]