Last weekend found us at one of our favorite little local markets. We were a family on a mission.
An apple cider doughnut mission. There are other places in town that make apple cider doughnuts. But no one makes them like this place.
So there we were, standing behind the little glass half-window watching as those glorious bits of dough were being dropped into the hot oil and rolled in cinnamon and sugar, our mouths salivating as the wonderful aroma wafted all around us.
And then as they were being bagged (they offer them in half dozen or full dozen sizes and I’m sure you can guess which one our family snatches up!) my daughter asked, “Why do they only make the apple cider doughnuts in the fall?”
And I completely understood why she would ask that. I mean, out of all of the flavors they make all of the rest of the year, the apple cider doughnuts are the best no contest. Sweet with just the right amount of spice.
But, as I explained to her, there is something about knowing that you can only get them at this time of the year. When you bite into the warm, soft dough I think you savor it a bit more because you have this awareness of how fleeting it will be.
And I think that’s how I feel about Autumn.
It’s because we only see the vibrant colors of the trees and the pumpkins on porches and the fields filled with row after row of corn stalks for just a little while that it’s all so special.
It would lose some of its sacredness if it was always like this, don’t you think?
So, we have to relish it, savor it, bite into the deliciousness of it because before we know it…it’s all over.
But, it will come back again next year bringing with it all that the season has to offer.
Especially those apple cider doughnuts!
Now, I love apple cider so much that I decided to dedicate a little section of my home to it. I found the chalkboard buried in the clearance section of a store, apparently put there because it had a crack in the frame. A little bit of glue and it was good as new!
And, as always, thank you so much for meeting me at the fence,