Every year I make a point to go apple picking. Partially for the apples, but mostly out of a desire to recreate a little piece of my childhood. It’s the smell that I’m really looking for. The scent of fallen fruit fermenting on the ground, mixed with trampled grass and fresh air. It always transports me right back to the early Octobers of my adolescence, when every year my family picked apples in an orchard a few minutes from our home. My sisters, parents, grandparents, and I combed through the trees, looking for the ripest ones.
The orchard had different varieties organized by row and color coded, and this is how I learned which ones were best for cooking, tastiest to snack on, or bruised the easiest. When I entered my freshman year of high school we learned that the orchard had been sold to a developer who would turn it into a subdivision of cookie cutter McMansions. The news was more saddening then I expected. A yearly tradition, just gone.
Years later when I was home visiting from college, I drove around the new houses where the orchard used to be. I found a small amount of comfort seeing some of the apple trees had been left in a few of the back yards. It may not have been my tradition anymore, but maybe it was someone’s.
Strange Happenings This Week:
Saturday, October 6th- Celebrate Frugal Fun Day, always the first Saturday of October. Meant to be a day to enjoy fun activities that are free (or very inexpensive), the beginning of Fall offers many possibilities.
Friday, October 5th- The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 6:31 p.m. EDT. It then lies 227,665 miles (366,392 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Friday, October 5th- Venom premiers in theaters.
Floodwaters are still rising in the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence, here are the best ways to help:
Donate money to the Red Cross. Monetary donations help the organization assist those affected by a disaster with the specific resources and help they need. You can donate at the Red Cross’ website, over the phone by calling 1-800-Red-Cross and by texting 9099 to give $10.
Donate blood. The storm has disrupted many scheduled blood drives, and you can help hospitals make up the difference.
Bring clothes to The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other local organization that regularly process clothing donations, like Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte. They sort donations and give people affected by a crisis vouchers to choose what they need, allowing organizations like the Red Cross to focus on other areas of disaster recovery.