Why Leaves are Orange and Maroon

After George Welsh dies and enters the Pearly Gates, God takes him on tour. He shows George a little two-bedroom house with a faded UVA banner hanging from the front porch. “This is your house, coach. Most people don’t get their own houses up here,” God says.

George looks at the house, then turns around and looks at the one sitting on top of the hill. It’s a huge two-story mansion with white marble columns and little patios under all the windows. Hokie flags line both sides of the sidewalk and a huge Hokie banner hangs between the marble columns.

“Thanks for the house, God. But let me ask you a question. I get this little two-bedroom house with a faded banner and Beamer gets a mansion with new Hokie banners and flags flying all over the place. Why is that?”

God looks at him seriously for a moment. “That’s not Beamer’s house,” God says. “That’s mine.”