Before I begin the story I want to just say “Happy Fall Y’all” and may your yards be filled with pumpkins and mums and may your days be filled with pumpkin lattes, apple cakes/pies and your nights with soups/stews or chicken and dumplings to your hearts content! Peter and Penelope have stashed Trudy and Randy in the closet until after Christmas when once again Frosty and Noel will allow them back out to enjoy the New Year! As pumpkins adorn our house and the baking of gingerbread biscotti permeates the air, we are enjoying the cooler (well by 8-10 degrees) and just the change of our attitudes of knowing that in just a few weeks the fireplace will be lit and the blankets will be once again thrown over the arm of the couch just waiting for us to snuggle in! Aw…yes the feel of fall is upon us! To begin our first weekend in Oct, we set out to run errands when all of a sudden Peter steps on the brake and makes a quick turn into the parking lot where Sprouts is located! Before I began to say “did you forget something at home and am doing a uturn?” he looks at me and says “we might as well go ahead and get your chocolate covered Gummi bears before we start our day and I have to listen to you gripe that you don’t have any for the weekend” and you wonder why I love this sweet man! So into Sprouts I ran (ok I didn’t run I waddled) and made the mistake of going to the same man at the checkout counter. He looked up from his mask at me and remembered checking me out a few days ago when I had gone thru his checkout stand only buying this same candy, and he said, and I quote,”my goodness you must really like these little guys”! And yes when he weighed them I actually had a lb and a half. But I just did the right thing and lied and said “oh I’m sharing them with a friend”!
So I paid for them and really did run out of the store to show this darling man that even if I did eat a lot of candy, I could in fact. still run! by the time Peter drove up to pick me up at the curb, I had already untied the bag and had a chocolate covered gummy bear in my mouth…and life began to make sense again! But as we were driving out headed to the exit of the parking lot, we noticed a lady who had parked in the furthest parking space out by the road, carrying her reusable grocery bags, wearing a mask, skinny as a rail , walking briskly in the direction of Sprouts! As we watched her we began to talk of the difference in people! We always drive around sometimes for 10 minutes trying to find the closest parking spaces to the stores! And reusable bags? , we do good to remember to bring our wallets and drinks for our snacks we eat driving around. Do you really thing we can remember to bring our own bags? And as we continued to talk about this we realized that people like her probably have never had a little piece of Heaven that we like to call “hamburgers and French fries from Shakeshack”. We have just discovered this magical place that is now our favorite hamburgers and shakes.
So now in addition to our regular Fall addictions of apple cakes, pumpkin cheesecakes, and gingerbread biscottis, we now have to add chocolate covered Gummi bears and Shakeshack hamburgers! Yes Fall is in the air, and Peter and Penelope are so ready to explore, gather with friends and family or sit with the fireplace on having a hamburger, shake and chocolate Gummi bears! Bless that skinny little ladies heart, I bet she is still walking back to her car with her reusable bags that is filled with nothing but fruits and veggies!