North American Leaf Free Trade Agreement

You have heard of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. It allowed import and export between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, without tariffs. The problem with trade is when a country imports more than it exports.

I am part of the NALFTA. You may wonder what this is. It is the North American Leaf Free Trade Agreement. I don’t remember signing up but apparently I’m a member. It must be a local agreement between neighbors, providing for the free exchange of leaves from our trees. Today I spent hours dealing with leaves, my neighbors doing the same in their yards.

As I was gathering leaves into bags, I tried to examine them for the tree of origin. They are not labeled, made by the neighbor’s tree, but I can tell that some of them are not mine. We don’t grow that kind of tree or bush in our yard. So upon close examination, I wonder if there is a trade imbalance. Are more leaves being imported into my yard than I am export to the neighbors?

So far, no one has said anything about the leaves I have exported nor have I said anything about the leaves being imported to my yard. A wind could fill my yard again with the neighbor’s leaves, or maybe it could blow the rest of mine to the neighbors. Upon closer examination, I see most of the leaves in my yard are from my trees. I did watch some leaves from our trees cross property lines in accordance to the North American LEAF Free Trade Agreement, NALFTA.

I think I am exporting more than I am importing. It works well when you do. I like being a member of the NALFTA. I do feel sorry for the neighbors who have to rake my leaves from their yard but then again, they are members too.

So as the neighbors rake my leaves, I think of it as the windfall of the NALFTA and am thankful we’re all a part of the agreement. But I still don’t remember signing up.
– Monte LeavellFall Leaves

One thought on “North American Leaf Free Trade Agreement

  1. Thanks for the article about leafs in the yard, it parallels the philosophy I live by . What’s in a man’s (person s)heart will determine where the thoughts in his head will take him. In these troubled times of the pandemic , the truth will come forth.
    Which will win Love and Common Sense or
    Fear & Panic.
    EG.
    Do you share your food and supplies with your neighbor or do you hord it for yourself.
    Do you call your neighbor’ s to see what they need when you go grocery shopping & pick it up ,take it to their door bell & leave it or just go and get as much as you can for yourself.
    Just like in your writing the out come is from are Hart.
    Cheer
    Phil Leavell
    My are Hart’s & common sense pervil

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