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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Apple Picking........Bittersweet

This year my apple bag felt a lot heavier than usual.  Perhaps it was taking a cue from my heart.   My apple picking companion was conspicuously absent.  My son and his girlfriend of four and half years have parted ways and although both have happily moved on, I found myself very sad. We had our apple picking perfected, an ideal picking team so to speak. My lovely young friend always remembered what apples we didn't care for and knew precisely were to find the Honey Crisps.  I thought we would be enjoying this wonderful autumn tradition together for many seasons to come.   It's funny how just the simple act of picking apples in an orchard can break your heart.

Hearts will never be made practical until they are made unbreakable.

                                                                            L.Frank Baum

26 comments:

  1. I'm sorry for your sadness. Hopefully the delicious treats you create from those apples will help counteract it. I'd love some good apples from this year's crop!

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  2. When couples break up it breaks the hearts of those who came to love them even if it is for the best.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  3. So true, this.


    ..and Honeycrisp are my favorite variety, so delicously sweet and crisp and juicy.

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  4. My heart goes out to you. Son and previous g/f broke up after 4 1/2 years also (what is with this number?!). She and I did a lot together and it has been like a grieving process for me (I have shed a lot of tears this year!). This was a few months ago, but the sadness still remains a bit. However, I am happy to report a new girlfriend and mom approves of this one too ;) Anyway, it takes time and the ache is a little less as the months go by. I firmly believe it's important to hold onto memories of other special ones for each one will always have a little piece of our hearts ♥ From one understanding mom to another.. hugs!! And the apples look divine :) -Tammy

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  5. I am glad you went ahead and went picking anyway. I do imagine your heart was breaking. I know you have had a hard summer of testing this year, I am glad you posted. I am sure that there will be another good apple picker in your future. I wish I could have gone apple picking with you, I bet I could learn fast. :) Here is a hug from me. O
    Have a nice weekend.

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  6. Apple picking and autumn go hand in hand dont they? There are apple fayres and celebrations in various parts of our county at this time of year.
    I know what you mean about feeling sad when your son and his girlfriend parted.I have also been there and it's not only your child who feels the sadness,you do too if you have built a relationship with their partner.

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  7. Ah, I had the same situation, I was so fond of and relaxed with my son's girlfriend, I thought it would go on permanently, but alas, it did not. I did miss her for a long time but she moved to another state and is doing well, so I am happy for her. I guess some of these "boys" are not ready for a commitment yet. Glad to hear there is a new girlfriend. I hope you enjoy your apples, someday you will have a buddy again.

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  8. Oh Frank Baum was SO right :(
    Mary oxo

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  9. Wonderful quote! I always say whatever is meant to be HAPPENS. As a mom of kids in there 20's I empathize. We do get attached to our kids friends and always consider .. could this be the ONE? Glad you were able to enjoy some fall apple picking. I'm looking forward to doing that soon. xxleslie

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  10. That's sad....we want our kids to be happy and be with the 'right' person, but then we develop our own attachments. Here's wishing you happy memories with each bite of apple, and that the next woman in his life touches your heart just as much!

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  11. I remember the two of you going last year, you will have to make a new tradition.

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  12. One of my favorite sayings. And so true. I hope that you some day may meet her again and strike up your own, separate friendship.

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  13. Oh dear ... Ashling has mirrored my sentiments exactly. When my daughter's marriage broke up, we were heartbroken, as the attachment to her young man was very strong, but alas ... I will be thinking of you dearie!

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  14. So sorry to hear of the parting ways but life goes on.
    glad to see you are picking apples and out in the beautiful days of autumn.
    Cathy

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  15. So sorry that things have happened this way. I am glad that they have each moved on, and hopefully one day you'll be able to spend time together, and re-kindle your friendship.

    Hope this week is a good one for you :)

    {p.s. I'm blogging again, and happily so :)}

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  16. Sad story. Glad they each moved on and are happy. I agree, in due time maybe you can reach out to the ex-girlfriend.

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  17. It's sad when relationships don't work out, especially when they seem like they should, so I'm sorry you miss your apple picking partner Susan, but it's good that they have both moved on. And who knows what the future holds anyway?
    Enjoy the lovely fruits and this changing of seasons, and enjoy your happy memories too
    Gill xx

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  18. Oh that's so sad and now you have got me thinking of all the people I've picked apples with and all those apple trees I shall never see again. But what a joy to have so many apples to choose from. It's been a good years for us here in the UK too.

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  19. As parents we all experience this from time to time, but when a couple seem perfect for each other, and we get on so well with the new family member, it is very hard. My late mother always said 'everything happens for the best', so who knows! Our wonderful apple harvest has just finished.

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  20. I hope everything is okay with you honey. I have come by several times and have not seen
    a recent post.
    Just wanted to say hello and to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Please let me know if your okay.
    Love
    Maggie

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  21. Hi Susan, I recently read a comment you made about your Mother passing away. I am truly sorry for your loss.
    Hugs,
    Pam

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  22. Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
    Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
    Doce abraço, Marie!

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  23. I am truly sorry for your mother passing away. I hope everything will be okay .

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