Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkins and Hobo Gummy Bears

Yesterday was a family day, a stolen day away that I will remember and treasure forever. Over the past few months because of a sudden death or illness of someone dear I have vowed to take more time to enjoy life. Yet despite that promise one day began to blur into the next and before I knew it half of October had already come and gone. For some unknown reason, the warning bells went off in my head yesterday morning and I decided to throw caution to the wind. I decided to be spontaneous and ignore all of the mundane tasks and errands on my "to do" list. Yesterday was the day to put family first and foremost.

We spent the better part of the afternoon taking a leisurely drive through Hiram stopping along the way to pick pumpkins at Monroe Farms. The farm was absolutely amazing, a little off the beaten path but totally worth the trip. I will never forget the way the ladybugs captivated Alex or the look on Max's face while he searched for the perfect pumpkin all the while tripping over the vines like a child would trip over his shoelaces. Afterward we drove to Hiram College, our old stomping ground to soak in all of the beautiful colors.

Like so many times before we left Hiram and drove out to Sharon Pennsylvania for wings at Quaker Steak & Lube. A leisurely dinner together sharing our favorite parts of the day and telling knock knock jokes. On the way home my husband suggested we stop for a little treat. He said that we would stop and pick up the kids new favorite kind of candy to which Max replied, "we're stopping to get Hobo Gummy Bears. Yes!!" Hobo Gummy Bears (Haribo) indeed.

As I look back over our day yesterday my only regret is that we don't put our family first every week. Dishes, laundry, housework, etc. will all still be waiting for us even if we wait an extra day but magical days spent making memories with loved ones are fleeting and much to precious to waste.

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