Tuesday, September 25, 2012
"If you want to be happy, be." —Henry David Thoreau
Don't you find that contentment comes easier when you are outside, in nature, where you can simply "be" instead of thinking about what's to do next?
This past weekend, we decided to go apple picking. I checked the website of our local organic farm and found that their apples had come to fruition early. They also had half of their usual annual crop. So, we arrived at a time when the pickings were slim.
The beauty of it is, the kids had just as much fun as usual, probably more, looking for those last elusive apples.
They laughed while they took turns pulling each other in the wagon. The younger would point out apples, and the older would try his best to reach them. They were a team, and they were thrilled about it. That doesn't happen in front of the TV screen.
We found a few large apples.
And many small ones.
All together, the four of us managed to find 19 pounds of decent apples. It was more than I actually wanted, but the kids were so proud of their finds, I just couldn't stop them. I don't think there was a good apple left when we were done.
Now, I just have to decide what to do with them. Maybe a decadent apple fritter cake with walnuts, or I might finally try to make an apple pie.
On the way home, we visited a little beach near the apple orchard, just because it is so pretty, and I have inherited a bit of my dad's gene for sightseeing.
It was windy and cold and the visit didn't last long.
Whatever the weather, I was content to be outside, watching the kids laughing, running and just getting along.