Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | May 4, 2010

The Sky is Falling

Mark would like to know if there’s any month in New Jersey when things don’t fall from the sky.

This month it’s “whirlybirds” – which the kids call helicopters. I don’t know what they are, but they seem like some kind of leaf in a tear-drop shape, and the spin down quite beautifully. And plentifully. We’re still getting hit by spikey balls, and some new spring bud thing loaded with pollen keeps dropping from the trees too.


  1. I think the whirlybirds are from an elm tree…we used to take them and open them at the base and stick them on our noses when we were kids. We called them hellicopters too because of how they fell. Welcome to Jersey!

  2. More this year than usual–and they’re usually green so you can peel them and stick them on your nose,but this year they’re falling dead dry!

  3. My kids love helicopter season. They are much better than the pollen bombs from the spikey ball trees. They drop one other things besides leaves too, though mercifully, I don’t remember what. I just know that there are approximately three days a year that tree drops nothing.
    Enjoy the helicopters, though, they are harmless!

  4. They are indeed falling bone dry, Michelle. All tan and dried out. Oonie – we look forward to those three days of no-tree droppings. Will you be at the reunion? Stupid question. Of COURSE you’ll be there!

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