Leave It Be

How long have the trees been shedding leaves? For a few weeks I’ve been noticing an influx of dried brown leaves scattered on my patio, but I can’t locate their source. (I think they’re maple, but what do I know?) I start scooping them up to toss into the kitchen garbage, then realize: Wait. These leaves may be insects’ homes. I could be razing houses and displacing their residents. I redirect them into an empty flower pot outside. I hope the insects enjoy their new condo.
I wonder: Would I make a good real estate developer or a poor one?