11/02/2014 | Share this article: View CommentsBy SummerBreeze ~
Last month when the leaves just started to turn, we went up-north to our daughter's for a long week-end to celebrate Autumn. In addition to helping her can tomatoes, we saved the best to the last and planned on Sunday (our last day there) to go to a popular Cider Mill with hay rides, pumpkin buying, fresh pies, jams & jellies, cider & doughnuts.
We had been there a few years ago, and I was looking forward to their Apple Butter with extra cinnamon. This place is located in rural Northern Michigan, rolling hills & forests, in a large red wooden building (cutsie-pie place) with hundreds of acres.
( are you all nodding off yet ? )
Outside is a corn maze, a huge orchard, wooden playground, hay rides (tractors or horses, your choice) and pumpkin & squash picking acres for those who want to do it themselves.
The one thing that we were all looking forward to, was feeding the goats. They had a wooden structure that had a fenced-in platform about 20 feet off the ground, with stairs leading up to. When you put a quarter into a machine, it would give you a handful of goat food and the goats would scramble up the stairs to get their treat. ( pulled up in a metal cup on a chain ).
Arriving there after an hour's drive, I looked at the parking lot and said "AUT - OH"...It was closed.
A large sign by the main door said:
"CLOSED ON SUNDAYS TO CELEBRATE THE LORD'S DAY"
During the 20 or so minutes we stayed there trying to find a quarter between the 5 of us, looking on the ground for a lost quarter, scrounging under the SUV's seats for a quarter etc. ...there were at least 6 or more cars driving up with eager kiddies, then drove away disappointed.
I thought DAMN ! !...you people and your delusion are spoiling every one eles's good times.
But then, with believers, it's always what they think that matters --- everyone else is going to hell anyway.
I felt sorry for the goats as I looked back at them, standing completely still, shoulder to shoulder on that platform looking at us leave....You could almost read the expression on their faces " Come back you cheapskates, we're starving".