Orange Friday

El Dorado Hills (11/22/18) John Poimiroo

It began even before the whipped cream had lost its stiffness on yesterday’s pumpkin pies.

Families left Thanksgiving Day tables early last evening, packed blankets and folding chairs into the backs of SUVs and spent the night huddled along sidewalks waiting ’til dawn to be the first to see fall color.

An argument about who had first placed his folding chair on the sidewalk broke out in front of a particularly beautiful red maple.

Fists were swung. Police were called. Someone posted a cell phone picture on Twitter. It was not of the fight, but of the tree.

Soon, the #OrangeFriday photo was trending and a flash mob arrived to sing: 

The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Autumn Leaves lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group