"Love follows knowledge."
"Beauty above all beauty!"
– St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, November 11, 2013

Matthew Monday: Autumn Leaves and the President

Part 1

It’s been a beautiful fall around here this year.  From September through October we’ve been in the 60 to 75 degree Fahrenheit range for the sixty days, and dry.  It’s hardly rained.  The product of such wholesome weather has been incredibly stunning fall colors on the trees.  I’ve meant to take pictures, but I’ve either forgotten my camera when I was out or too tied up with family and work to really get out to photo the scenery.  That’s a pity.  This might have been the best year in my life for autumn colors.  I only have one picture that I can display, that of Matthew in front of my deeply reddened Burning Bush. 



It’s not a full-fledged burning bush.  Those grow incredibly large, too large for my city house front.  This is listed as a Dwarf Burning Bush, but even at dwarf size, I need to constantly prune it to keep it a manageable size.  It’s rather ordinary during the summer, but it’s stunning in the fall.

Part 2

Let me tell a true story that happened during this week, and please I don’t mean to get political.  I suppose most of you know I’m fairly conservative politically.  I have never tried to put down Obama in front of my son. He's too young and needs to have respect for the presidency drilled in him. He is aware of who the president is, at least by face, though not by name.

But the other day while on the computer and Matthew looking over my shoulder a news article popped up with a picture of Obama. Matthew wanted to ask, "Is that the president?"

But with his four year old language skills, I guess he's not too used to using three syllable words.

What actually came out of his mouth was, "Is that the prisoner?"

I just had to crack up.


  1. I would sure love a bush like that in my yard. It would look great with all the gold from the trees.

    As for Matthew...perhaps he's a prophet :)

    1. Hahaha. As to the Dwarf Burning Bush, I ordered it from one of those plant nursery catalogues. I get them in the mail. But I also found it on Amazon:

  2. Pretty burning bush! I love how brilliant red they get. Too funny about Matthew's misspoken word!

    1. They are striking in the fall. I don't remember it ever being that vibrant red, but it could be this is the perfect fall.