What is it that makes us Floridians miss the autumn season? Is it that we are tired of the hot weather, or do we miss the taste of fall? Granted it is nice to have cooler mornings and less humidity but is it the fresh picked crisp apple we miss or the smell of pumpkin pie through our neighbors’ windows. With Labor Day behind us and Halloween fast approaching try explaining to a child what it was like growing up with a true autumn season. Picking apples and pressing cider is as foreign to them as their iPod is to me.
Nothing can describe the excitement in the air as we went to the harvest fair and how for the next few months Mother Nature turned the leaves of the trees into the most beautiful shades of reds, oranges and yellows one could ever imagine. I explained this to my seven year old who stared at me as if I had gone completely over the edge. What was I talking about? They had both seen the leaves turn colors every year… via the internet so what was the big deal? The big deal is that as summer does turn to autumn; we do miss the imagistic landscapes, but the true meaning of autumn is family; and Village On The Isle is family.
The VOTI family is unique, we do celebrate fall; we decorate the campus, invite friends and family to our houses, plan special holiday meals and spend more time with each other. We may not have crisps apples off a tree but we do have fresh baked apple pie. Our apple cider may come from a store, our pumpkins do not have frost on them and they are smaller than what we had up north but on Thanksgiving morning, we the VOTI family will be celebrating our blessings as Floridians’ do with a wonderful meal and a dip in the pool. Come visit us this fall at VOTI and see what you are missing!
This blog was written by Kathleen Blackburn Dietary Manager at Village On The Isle.