This post by Jennifer Flaten
Last Thursday the kids were let out of school early. It was a gorgeous fall day, sunny with just a bit of wind to swirl the leaves around. I decided it would be the perfect time to go pick apples.
Besides, I knew that apple season was rapidly coming to a close and it we didn’t go that day, we might not get any apples, and we couldn’t have that. Every since the kids were old enough to walk we’ve went to the apple orchard to pick a bushel (or 4) of apples.
This year the girls are 14 and my son is 12 so they are less enthusiastic about picking apples. I had to practically drag them into the car, but once we arrived at the apple orchard they perked up.
There is something of a competitive streak in all of them, each kid wanted to be the one to find the biggest ripest apples. Even though the orchard was picked over, it didn’t take long for them to fill an entire tote bag with apples, it just took a little more creativity on their part.
My youngest daughter decided the best way to get those tasty apples high up in the tree was to get on her sister’s shoulders. Watching the mount/dismount was comical. Once daughter two was on board it was like something out the Three Stooges, she clutched wildly at daughter one while shouting directions. Daughter one attempted to obey those directions but found it rather hard to walk with the extra weight.
At one point, they got themselves hopelessly tangled in the tree branches and I had to come to their rescue.
All in all we picked about 20lbs of apples in about 15 minutes. Those kids are machines, I often think about renting them out.
With all those apples I feel a bit like Forrest Gump…apple dumpling, apple butter, apple fritters, apple donuts, apple pie, apple cake…well you get the picture.
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