Recently, my family made a day visiting a local “Pumpkin Patch,” strollers and diaper bags in hand. There, a whole Fall Fairground surrounded us of sorts. Acres full of hanging fruit trees, big red barns and rows of tall, curled cornstalks colored in cream greeted us everywhere our eyes could see. Scents of mulled cider wafted through the air together with funnel cakes and caramel corn. Frolicking fun for everyone!
Under trees of colored leaves, Mommies held sticky hands of toddlers munching on crunchy apples dribbling juice-so-sweet. Daddies carried bouncing babies on backs of sweatshirts rooting for favorite baseball teams. And, children in all sizes wearing denim chased an old shaggy dog among rolling acres of an aged family orchard farm.
Together, the five of us took turns cuddling three babes, ages five months to 2 years. Sitting on splintered wooden boards, we watched infant piglets run races behind straw bales of golden hay. Faster and faster their mini legs ran. This little piggy went, “Wee, Wee, Wee.” Round and Round….who would win? Wait to see! A prize for everyone under three!!
Next we went to feed scraggly goats, precious calves and wooly white lambs fenced off in wires of metal grey. “Look my innocents, watch Grandma now,” I said, holding hands with palms so flat. Before a flash, a crowd of hungry mouths with teeth so big and wide came to crash! Nibbled from tentative palms holding crumbled kibble in toasty brown, tongues larger than life lapped faster than quarters could buy.
At the end of the day, grandbabies played in mounds of hay. Snap! Magic moments happened within the click of a thumb and forefinger. Teeny feet jumped in scattered piles oh-so-soft and oh-so-tall. Giggles from deep could be heard for miles around. “Poof!” High into the sky. Bits and pieces flew everywhere, like confetti on New Year’s Eve! Arms of pink reached up with itty-bitty hands. High, higher still. Floating down, straws of corn-yellow in slow motion. One…two…three, right by me.
Leaves sparkled in whispering trees. Golden yellow, burnt orange and sizzling red. Crisp and curling at edges. Some falling. Sunshine warmed faces through breezes from beryl-blue skies above. Toys were not needed here. Sippy cups tipped in unison. Life so good. Cheers!! Ahhhhh…..