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Autumn Weather Woes

I lost my child on leaf mountain

Child in a leaf pile.
Leaf mountain — my daughter is attached to that mouse hat. Image provided courtesy of author

Chicago autumns are short. Summer hangs on through September, and by November, we’re chasing the elusive 50°F day. This past weekend was no exception. Billions of leaves blanketed our yard, but they were soaked from a miserable mix of sleet and hail. Nothing would dry because it was 35°F outside.

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