We usually make it to a pumpkin patch before Halloween; yesterday, we visited Craven Farm. I like this farm because it is incredibly picturesque, and it’s quite large, such that I’ve never felt crowded in the pumpkin patch or the corn maze, despite the crowds that come. Their corn maze is the best I’ve found in the region – 15 acres! This year, we went through it Hansel and Gretl style, leaving a trail of Kettle Corn.
I cooked all afternoon long for a dinner party we had this evening. I made little cheese crackers for an appetizer, lamb curry, and an apple cake. When our friends arrived, the kids ran around in their Halloween costumes. We ate, then played It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for the kids during dessert, giving us, the parents, a last little bit of quiet time to catch up on two months’ worth of life.
Abbott played Fur Elise again and again while I loaded the dishwasher. Then, he sat in with Cal while Alexi finished a Brady Brady book. And now, here we sit, Alexi and I, listening to the rain, remembering it all. No doubt the boys, right now, in their beds, are dreaming about Halloween, tomorrow. That magical day when the lines blur between fantasy and reality.
I wish you a very happy Halloween.