I always look forward to every season and the things about each one that bring out the child in me. With Autumn, it has always been the leaves. Shame they stay at their near-peak/peak colors for only a few short weeks. I'd love seeing them out our windows for several weeks if they only could hang on that long. Back in elementary school, one of the teachers showed us how to preserve the colors in the leaves for a longer period of time. What you do is tear off two sheets of wax paper (everyone used waxed paper to wrap sandwiches back then), space your leaves out between them and run an iron over the top wax paper sheet so a thin layer of melted wax seals them between the sheets. The wax paper is pretty near transparent allowing you to see the colors clearly. Can't remember how long the leaves lasted, but we had them hung up in our class during the Fall to enjoy for about a month. The fun thing about Autumn leaves? Why, raking them up in piles to jump and hide in! It was like they were made for kids to romp around and have fun with before the days of plastic ball pits.
May the little child in you always stay alive and well.