A recipe for living with cancer.

An Apple a Day Doesn’t Keep Chemo Away

The last two days I packed in as much as I possibly could before my infusion this morning. Mimi and the kids and I went apple and pumpkin picking at Simmons Farm and had a blast. This year the farm produced a video explains how to pick apples due to the destructive nature of humans….pull harder and if the branch comes down oh well and if I drop the apple on the ground it’s no good anymore. I made the kids watch the video and Zelda of course took in every word. Oz made a poop and only watched a minute or two. I wonder if that is a vaso vascular reaction indication of his abject rejection of authority hehehe.

Oz was his usual self, Gammie I do it MYSELF…LET ME HELP YOU A LITTLE. I’d hold up a branch he was pulling on, the apple would come off in his hand, then he’d throw it on the ground and say, I no like that one. Ok so I stopped helping and we only lost a few small twigs, no large branches were damaged in the picking of these apples.

Apple and pumpkin picking is very expensive compared to the bargain it was in the 1980’s when we started this family tradition. We actually started when I was pregnant with Miriam in 1979. We lived in St. Louis at the time and I was 8 months pregnant and Tom thought I’d reached the edge of insanity but realized I could not be dissuaded. The problem was we had been invited to his cousins house for dinner and Tom was afraid we wouldn’t make it. I’ll cut to the end, we didn’t make it and were never invited back and I don’t think they’ve ever spoken again. Oops.

Back to expensive…to hitch a ride on the hay wagon to pick a pumpkin is $12 and to not pick is $9. Wow! Then one needs to realize the cost of fuel, maintenance of the tractor, planting and tending the pumpkin patch and insurance I didn’t mind the minuscule remuneration vs high cost ratio involved with this little adventure. The patch was far from the farm stand and the grins on the kids faces were worth each penny until we got to the patch, then I thought we hadn’t paid enough.

The Simmons had made a kids wonderland complete with: fire engine with slide built on the side, old tractor the kids could climb on, a one mile corn maze, a shorter covered hay bale maze for the smaller kids, a tire climbing course, a tire tunnel crawl, a 100 foot slide built down the side of the hill, an area with tractor bikes and trikes, and a covered area to picnic or play, oh and three pumpkin patches, bags for the pumpkins, an Indian corn patch where you can pick an ear to take home. When done, simply call the market and they send the tractor back to get you with the sweetest biggest chocolate lab splayed across the hay bales.

We played there for two hours. Suggestion, don’t go on a weekend it’s probably a zoo! We went on a Monday and it was empty. We dropped a bundle of cash, but if we can help a local farmer survive it seems like a bargain.

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