There was a guy in line ahead of me with a maple leaf on his head. I hesitated to tell him about it–I mean, it was a big leaf! Surely he knew that, right?
It reminded me of Japanese folklore–those tricksters Tanuki Raccoons can disguise themselves as humans by putting leaves on their heads. Um… Could this guy be one of them? Then, he’d turn into a raccoon if I took the leaf away. So… should I let him keep playing his trick, just for now?
Oh, wait… this is just a small, local post office in a rural town… I’m probably the stranger here as a human. Oh goodness, could that actually be true? Am I the only real person here and about to get hoodwinked?! Is that security camera for catching woodland imposters, and they’re watching and giggling at me now? Waa?!
“Oops,” the guy said as the leaf tumbled off. I said “Oops” too, but for a different reason altogether!
Aptly named, Big Leaf Maple grows in the Pacific Northwest