Today we have some mixed nuts for today’s prompt. Though now, having painted them, I’m really not sure what to say about nuts. As a kid, I remember always having a big bowl of pecans this time of year. In fact, we would often go to collect them ourselves off the ground under a tree. It was like a little Easter egg hunt, only in autumn, and really quite fun! I loved the taste of pecans, but having to crack them open was always a bit of a chore. It seemed like there wasn’t much to offer after all that work. And sometimes, getting a bit of the husk would make it taste rather bitter, making it sort of a game of nutcracking roulette. Even so, the experience was a memorable one and I often miss it.
Mostly, I just loved family time during the autumn and winter months. Perhaps, more than the bitter cold that often arrived, it was the holidays that made every moment feel closer and more special. But there was just something magical about the time that I really loved. Even passing around the nutcracker to enjoy some pecans was a wonderful experience. A time that wouldn’t come again until the next year, so it felt especially unique. I particularly love the change in seasons, mostly for the way the food changes. The summer salads are replaced with squash and iced coffee finds itself usurped by a lovely hot chocolate. All of it delicious, but special for being enjoyed at a very specific time of the year.
Getting together with family to collect pecans was a great experience. And I look back fondly on all the fun moments spent together. My family loves to joke and generally have a great time. I’ve met families that seem too serious and it frightens me a bit. I think life is a celebration and each second we have to enjoy it should be enjoyed with smiles and laughter. Truthfully, those serious families would find mine just a bit crazy. But in the end, I adore spending time with them and like that things are never taken too seriously. Life gets so much happier when you get to spend it with your very own bunch of mixed nuts.
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