To Catch a Falling Leaf

To catch a falling leaf folklore
“If you catch a falling leaf in your hand in the autumn you’ll be free of colds all winter. But if you’ve never tried to catch a falling leaf in your hand you’ve got a surprise coming. Grandpa always grinned when he recited the old saying about catching a falling leaf and you’d be free of colds all winter.”

~John Parris Mountain Bred


As I washed dishes over the weekend I looked out the window just as a big gust of wind blew what looked like a million leaves out of the trees all at once. I yelled at Chitter to come look, but it was over before she came to see what I was hollering about.

I had a great urge to run outside and try to catch one of those leaves before they hit the ground. After reading the folklore shared from John Parris’s Grandpa I’m thinking I should have at least tried!



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    b. Ruth
    November 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    PS….We must have seen the same thing, on the same evening, a big white trailing blaze drop in the Northern sky, very large, but gone in an instant…..

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    b. Ruth
    November 20, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    We sure had some leaves swirling about yesterday…November 19th….yes, I am late getting to comment on your post.
    As we were leaving this evening, my husband said, “I saved this for you to see.” It was a huge Oak leaf! He said he wondered where it came from, as he don’t remember them looking that big this past summer. I am sure with the many types of Oaks we have around our woodland, it came from one of them.
    I absolutely love that picture of the Maple leaf. It is wet and looks sort of “slickly like” to me? Now then, I wonder who in the world that leaf reminds me of….hummm, I just don na remember who for sure! It would help if they would comment a bit more on this website with his brother Jim!
    Thanks Tipper,
    Lovely picture….I rolled around and around out on the driveway, didn’t catch a leaf, but there are a few more left…
    I hope the “creeping crud” I had last week is all that appears in our neck of the woods this year!

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    David Templeton
    November 18, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Here in the mountains of East Tennessee the colorful leaves are still hanging on. On a sun-shiny day it’s still a beautiful Autumn. The heavy rains today may change all of that.
    Tipper, I really appreciate your new look and page arrangements at BP&A. Thank you for keeping on, even though it suddenly has been quite a few years since you began. I look forward to many years to come of Blind Pig and the Acorn.

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    ray j , winburn
    November 17, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    hello to you all , i like the kind of music youall play,, where do ya:ll live what town are you all near i go to the mts, a good bit we might could stop by sometimes me and my two boys
    and grandson pick a little bit would like to pick with you and get some pointers from yall
    my e-mail is below…[email protected],net

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    November 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I wouldn’t even try it on a day like today, been crazy wind gust all day.. just got the gutters cleaned out for the 2nd time this year.. got them covered with leaf guards on the front need to invest in more for the rear..

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    November 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I wonder if catching falling leaves is like catching bubbles: the more you chase them, the more air currents you create, and the more they elude you . . . like so many ‘things’ we want to possess. . . .

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    Pamela Danner
    November 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Boy, I was REALLY SICK last winter, I better go catch a handful of leaves before there all gone!

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    Edwin Ammons
    November 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t think the problem with the music player is a bug in your website. People who have to increase the size of the font on their display in order to see it are stuck with losing content or having overlap. When you decrease the size of display on your website, it makes it harder for everybody to see.
    I don’t have a mobile device, but on a PC running Windows, you can hold Ctrl and push + or – to adjust the screen to get the best view for you. It allows a person to adjust the screen in smaller increments.
    Have you tried putting the playlist on the left side?

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I would really love to have a cold free winter so I’m gonna try catching leaves!

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    Crystal Richmond
    November 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Well that definitely makes me want to get out there and try to catch one now. I enjoy your daily stories so much. Thank you for sharing them.
    Crys from Ark.

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    Granny Sue
    November 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I had forgotten that saying. I should have caught a leaf because I sure have caught a bad sinus infection. I always heard that the size of oak leaves told how bad the winter would be–big leaves=bad winter. This year the leaves are not large, but it’s been so dry they probably could not have grown to any size anyway.

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I have lots of leaves land on me when I’m sitting or standing still…does that count? đŸ˜‰

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    November 17, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Here in Middle Georgia where I now live, the leaf-falling takes longer than that fall spectacle in the mountains. There I remember a slow turning and then after a few weeks the color reaches an apex, and after that a “strong wind” or so as you describe today brings the leaves down in spray-fashion. Our leaves here never seem to reach hat climactic display as we see spread over the mountains. The difference, I think, is that the mountains provide the canvas on which nature paints the display. Here the few trees we see resplendent are too close and amidst too many houses/buildngs to allow the panorama we mountaineers know and appreciate. But to catch a falling leaf to avoid winter colds sounds like good thing to try–even though difficult! I’d say that is much more fun than taking that flu shot every fall! As fall ebbs out to winter, enjoy the last vestiges of falling leaves!

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Been away awhile. Missed all my blogger friends. Life happens, and on we go. I love standing amidst the falling, swirling leaves in fall. Thank you for bringing back the memories.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 17, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Reminds me of catching a snowflake on your tongue like we did as kids. As you suggest, lots harder than it would appear, especially when the air is full of them.
    I had never held that saying. But I sure know about dealing with the leaves. Spent about five hours yesterday getting caught up and just a bit ago saw a shower of leaves coming down from a big southern red oak near the corner of the house. One thing I’ve learned is that no two leaf fall seasons are just alike. This year I will probably blow leaves four times but some years I have blown them 10 to 12 times. I sure like the trees but from mid-October till January I have to pay my dues for having them (plus there are areas in the yard where I cannot grow grass.)

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

    After blowing, raking, mulching and wishing, the leaves are still piling up. My homeowner’s insurance agent only lets me use a wood stove if I keep the leaves away from the house. It’s impossible! I have never heard that saying about catching a falling leaf or I could have caught plenty as they landed in my hair and all around while I was mowing. Guess I’d better stock up on vitamin C and cold meds…

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    November 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I read that for every leaf you catch, it equals one perfectly happy day the next year.
    I always try to catch as many as I can.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 17, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Tipper, I find your two topics today strangely associated. Catching a falling leaf is about as easy as figuring out all the little quirks in the computer. Both seem unattainable most of the time. It took me a few weeks for me and my computer to come to terms with your new format but we’re good now!

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    eva nell mull wike, PhD
    November 17, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Oh Tipper! Our mighty Oak trees keep showering us with leaves. We have raked, mowed and hoped they would get blown away. But now I will get out there and try to catch a leaf! That will be easier than catching a falling star. But a couple of nights ago Jim saw a spectacular blaze crossing our sky. Eva Nell
    Cheers, Eva Nell

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