The Smiling Leaf
Going to my Mom's this time of year always provides me with that first changing leaf waiting to grab my attention and tell me fall is definitely on the way. On a recent visit I stepped out of my Jeep and looked down at my feet at all the leaves already fallen from one of her maple trees. The tree has had a hard time the past two years and we're not sure it will survive much longer. My Dad planted it and it has been a part of our lives for over fifty years and it changes its leaves early.
Among all the leaves at my feet was this smiling little leaf that got me grabbing for my camera. As soon as I saw it an old commercial from my childhood kept tugging at my memory. I couldn't see what my mind was trying so hard to tell me. It took me a long time googling around the internet to find the smiling face I remembered. I didn't remember the face had a body; but then I was a very little girl. This little mascot is Happy The Oil Drop Man. He was the marketing mascot for the Esso Oil Company and could be seen in commercials exclaiming "Happy Motoring." While it no longer exists there was an Esso Gas Station in the hometown where I grew up.
It might have been a few weeks early but perhaps my little smiling leaf was exclaiming "Happy Fall."
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