We have cool friends who just take the initiative and do stuff, and without them we would be inert. They took us to an orchard high on a mountain in western North Carolina yesterday. The best part was just being with our friends, but the orchard was nice too. The thing is, and what these pictures do not convey, is the amount of people there. I estimate a thousand. Just swarming the orchard, baskets in hand. Lines at the fried apple donuts section, lines inside the barn to pay for their apples, apple cider, apple pies, apple butter, apple jelly, apple everything.
The animals, who no doubt love the feed people give them from the little gumball-machine feeders, were just standing far back from the fence in the middle of their field like yeah no.
I passed a lot of moms and dads reading their small children the riot act because their wee kids wouldn’t cooperate amidst the 1000 people on this hot September day. The ambient sound everywhere was something like, “…or so help me I will…”
I think what was going on, judging from the matchymatchy outfits on the tiny human siblings, was that they were to be props in an idyllic Fall orchard photo shoot, and they would’ve been better off taking a nap. One lady had a kid who was trying to break free from the wagon she was supposed to be sitting in, and the person I assume was her mother was grabbing her with one arm while the wagon full of siblings was rolling down an incline, and that little girl wasn’t budging, and the mom was spitting threats at her, and the wagon was still going, and I thought maybe the mom, combined with the weight of the wagon, was going to rip that little girl’s arm off. Other matching children squirmed as their parents shoved apples into their hands and commanded things like, “Look up at the tree! But smile! Look up at the tree and smile!” or, “Sit still! Turn around! Quit crying! Smile!” or, “Look at that apple you’re holding! Can you smile at the apple? You like apples, don’t you?”
But from the way a lot of those little kids were acting, I seriously doubt they’ve ever eaten an apple.
It was fascinating.
And also I got miniature honey bears, so.