I spent part of my Labor Day weekend putting up my autumn decorations. Even though it technically still may be summer for a few more weeks, my mind already is on fall, my favorite season. My front porch is now adorned with a harvest wreath, decorative hay bales, scarecrows and my favorite flowers, mums, which to me represent the season with their warm and vibrant colors. I’ve even enjoyed a pumpkin spice coffee already, and spent my Saturday watching college football – another reason I love autumn so much.
But as I was transitioning my home into “fall mode,” I began to think how fleeting this season really is. The sunny days and crisp, cool air aren’t long for this area before our first snowfall, which lately seems to get earlier and earlier into November. So I vowed to take advantage of all the wonderful seasonal opportunities this area provides.
Fall wouldn’t be complete without visits to local apple orchards and pumpkin farms, and while I do try to make it out to at least one every season, sometimes work and other commitments prevent me from spending this precious time doing something fun with my children. I look at my 8-year-old daughter and realize that time is slipping away, and pretty soon, she won’t have much interest in pumpkin farms and apple orchards. My teenage sons couldn’t care less now, but when they were younger, I have fond memories of the time we spent at area pumpkin farms.
I made a promise to myself that I will put work and cleaning and the never-ending list of “to-dos” away on at least one day of the weekend during the next month or two.
We will spend a day picking apples at Jonamac Orchard, and we will absolutely be cheering on the yellow pig during Kuiper’s Family Farm pig races. I’ll happily say “yes” when my sons ask for a ride to the high school football game because I want to stay and enjoy the ultimate fall sport (but, of course, I won’t be sitting near them).
I’m going to stay fully present this season and enjoy every single fleeting moment, and I hope you will, too.
Aimee Barrows is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle.