Fall has got to be the most wonderful time of the year!! For me, anyway, the fall season brings the most enjoyable weather–crisp days, bright sunshine, and gorgeous colors combine to form a most glorious symphony of delight. The best way to enjoy the Fall is to get outdoors and experience it! And all the better, if it’s with good friends.
We took a little drive to a town that was central to both families, and met our friends at the Life Down on the Farm corn maze. All of the children had such a blast running through the corn maze. We moms were a bit nervous at first about them getting lost in the corn patch, but we soon realized that you can’t lose five whooping and hollering kids, even in a huge maze of corn! We could keep tabs of where our children were at pretty much all times, just by ear. We had a map to lead us out of the corn, but I’m afraid we created our own exit route in the end. The kids were just small enough to squeeze through the stalks, so they saw potentials for exits pretty much everywhere.
This was really a great place to take a home school field trip. I’d have to rate the greatness more for the experiences we got to participate in more than for the educational value, but that is not to say that the farm was lacking in educational opportunities. The animal barn provided a look at lots of your typical farm animals: little goats, mama pig with lots of little piglets, another friendly pig who liked to be petted (not by me), a baby calf, ducklings, chicks, chickens, roosters, bunnies, donkeys, big goats, and a llama. Probably more, too, but one animal I did not see on this farm was a cat. They must have had one, as I thought that all good barns need a good mouser, but I just didn’t see it.
We literally stayed at the farm all day! No one wanted to leave! The kids got to just be kids. Riding bouncy ponies, jumping on a huge jump pillow, burying themselves and each other in corn kernels–these were just a few of the fun things. Oh, and I can’t forget the hayless hayride and the patchless pumkin patch. That was something new. We all piled into the hay wagon, incomplete because of the lack of hay! At least a real tractor pulled the wagon towards what they referred to as the “pumpkin patch”. We got to ride over the farm land down a hill to where we could see a large spreading oak tree, or it may have been a maple tree, but it certainly was not a pumpkin tree! Yet, under the branches, all under the shady parts of the tree, were pumpkins!! Strewn all about like windfall apples. No vines, no garden, but here was the pumpkin patch. Now, I was not raised on a farm, nor was I brought up in the country, even, but my mama and daddy did teach me that pumpkins do not grow on trees. But it did make a cute country scene, and someone had to think outside of the pumpkin patch to figure out a way to sell pumpkins on a farm that did not grow them! So, we enjoyed the ride, even if we did scratch our heads a bit over the lack of hay when they termed it a hayride!
We shared many grins and giggles that day. It’s so nice to see children enjoying the simple joys of childhood together! It is equally refreshing for two slightly weary-with-life homeschool teacher-moms to get a day where the demands of life don’t demand so much, where the boys get along because they are played out, and where friendships can be picked up right where we left off last time we met, knowing that although time has passed, the friendship is still as new as it ever was!