I couldn’t believe what they were stealing from my property today. I was at my kitchen window in plain view of them. These two older, retired women entered my yard and began snipping leaves off of our vine maple.
Mind you, it didn’t bother me. But curiosity came over me, so I went outside to speak with them. They were super friendly and told me what they were up to. Of course, my thought was that they wanted the fall coloured leaves for some Pinterest inspired art project or flower pressing. But I was wrong. Turns out they wanted the green leaves only because the red and orange ones wouldn’t work.
They were collecting the leaves in order to create a dye for silk scarves. Scarves that they were going to give away to friends and family at Christmas. It was a lovely idea. I told the ladies they were welcome to come back any time to collect leaves because it saves my children from raking them up when they dry up.
In the end, it looks like I have made some new friends in my neighborhood. Even though they were leaf thieves.