The long, lazy days of summer, filled with beautiful cloudless blue skies, have made way for the cool, crisp days of autumn. Leah enjoyed summertime, working outdoors in the yard, having cookouts and spending time at the pool with family. She tired of summer by mid-July, when the heat turned the grass brown and the humidity made the air stifling. However, Leah loved the fall season. She loved seeing the white billowy clouds interspersed with the deep blue skies. She always looked forward to fall, when she would start baking pies – her favorites were apple and pumpkin – and brownies with frosting.
The summer was busy with visits from her children and grandchildren. Now that school was back in session, everyone seemed to be too busy with school activities, homework and fundraisers. Days would go by when it was just Leah and Kiki, her four- year old cockapoo. Kiki was so used to having the grandchildren come over to play; she was lost once school began. Day after day, she would lay on the recliner with her head between her two paws and just stare at the carpeting on the living room floor. Although she used to be excited to just go outside to check the mail with Leah, now she just lay on the chair and watched Leah go out the front door to get the mail.
Leah could not continue to watch Kiki lose interest in life. She decided to take her to a nearby park for a walk. It was not a dog park, but because it was fall, no one else ventured into the park except a few fishermen scattered here and there along the lake. Leah and Kiki walked up and down hills near the marina, where they could watch the fishermen coming and going. The lake was clean and clear, and surrounded by forest on distant shores facing the marina. The trees had already changed from green to yellow; some had even changed to a deep orange. Sitting on a short stone wall high above the marina, the view was breathtakingly beautiful, with blue skies dotted with puffy white clouds, the calm blue water of the marina silently moored with sailboats, motor boats and pontoons, and the different shades of greenery, interspersed with yellows and oranges.
Leah and Kiki continued to take their walks in the park almost every day, weather permitting. The depression Kiki had experienced seemed to go away. As soon as Leah said, “Let’s go for a walk”, Kiki ran to the front door likie an excited child, impatiently waiting for Leah to put the leash on. Leah loved the walks with Kiki. There was always something new to see, such as squirrels with food in their mouths scampering towards their nests, or geese landing on the lake. Kiki loved the walk and the exercise. Leah loved the exercise too. However, she also loved the beauty of their surroundings and spending this golden time with Kiki.