The Autumn Love
The trees are orange and yellow with burst of red throughout. The grass is green but hardly visible from all the leaves that have fallen. You can smell the picked apples in creates waiting to be bought and the smell of warm apple cider spiced up with cinnamon ever so often as the wind shifts just right.
“I love visiting her Betty.” Ben said.
“I know Ben this place is a little slice of heaven. I want a warm donut and cider.” Betty said with intent.
Betty and Ben had been married for 52 years and every year made it a point of visiting the Ye Ole Cider Mill. It’s where they 1st met and they determined that it would be visited each year on their anniversary date.
“Let’s walk through the Old Mill.” Ben said.
“I think that would be wonderful.” Betty smiled.
Each year they had an order of doing things because they didn’t want to miss any of the sights and smells of the beautiful mill and orchard. They made sure to walk through the mill, tour the orchard via horse drawn wagon, when all said and done stop at the store get a warm cider and a donut and set out on the porch watching the stream that ran in front of the store.
Ben loved everything about Betty and the same held true for Betty about Ben. They were always happy, never fought and rarely had a disagreement and when they did, well let’s just say that Betty was correct and Ben was more than happy for it to be that way.
“I just love the smell of the orchard Ben it so reminds me of being a kid again.”
Betty’s folks used to take her to orchards when she was a kid so they could pick their own apples and bake pies. She loved baking with her mom and of course she loved getting to sample the warm pies when they had a chance to cool coming out of the oven.
“I know and I love coming here with you. It takes me back to that day we met.” Ben smiled and squeezed her hand.
Ben and Betty were 25 when they 1st met but were like a couple of teenagers in love. This particular day Ben and Betty had been driving out to the cider mill to celebrate their anniversary but they wouldn’t make it in body. You see Ben’s eyesight wasn’t what it used to be and he didn’t see the truck coming as he pulled out into the intersection on the way to the mill.
“Betty do you think this is our heaven?” Ben asked.
“Ben I am with you and we are in our favorite place.”