What is it about the change of the seasons that puts a smile on our faces? For me, it’s my way of starting fresh again, to look at the changing season as a new opportunity to make special memories for my family.
When I was a little girl growing up in Northwestern Pennsylvania, we would pick apples and cook them in large copper kettles over an open fire. The smell of apples and cinnamon floated through the air and stuck to your coats for days. Still, to this day, when I open a jar of apple butter I get flooded with happy smell memories.
For the Amish, they do the same. With each season come special activities they look forward to. In the fall they gather together at a work frolics to cook big pots of apples over an open fire until thick sweet bubbling apple butter is made.
No matter if you’re Amish or English in my books it’s a perfect way to spend a day.
In this month’s Amish Lifestyle Short Story come take a walk with Emma Byler as she hopes the change of the season will snap Samuel out of his blue mood and get back to his old self again.
Change of the Season
The aroma of apples and cinnamon still lingered on Emma Byler’s scarf as she took a shortcut through the field on her way home. She’d spent the morning making apple butter with some of her friends and was humming Amazing Grace as she made her way through the field. Spending time at a work folic always put her in a good mood. It was exactly what she needed to take her mind off Samuel and his accident. The change of the seasons gave her new hope that he’d snap out of his blue mood and get back to his old self again.
At the edge of the field, she could see the outline of her Samuel parents farm through the red and orange leaves. As she got closer, she saw Samuel sitting on the far end of the porch. She wanted so badly to go to him, but he made it clear he didn’t want to see her. Cutting through the woods, she walked the path to the creek. For now, she would leave him alone, but she was determined to pay him another visit very soon.
Tracy Fredrychowski lives a simple life in a modern world on her South Carolina farm. Writing for the popular blog, Our Simple Homestead, she strives to preserve the art of homemaking and homesteading while encouraging her readers to slow down and live a quiet stress-free life. With a focus on Amish fiction, she inspires her readers to live a God-centered life through faith, family, and community.
*Featured image by Jim Fisher*