Monday, October 29, 2012
Summer has passed and ah, the beautiful colors of fall have arrived in all their splendor. It seems that most days and all seasons, my heart reflects on another part of my family history, my Vintage Jewels. My thoughts travel to Cashmere and our fall trip to buy the most beautiful apples one could find anywhere in Washington State. But the apples were only the symbol of the reason for our travel.
My father grew up on an apple orchard in Cashmere, Washington and it's only of late that I have begun to understand his need to reach back to his life in the apple orchard, a jewel in his life as a child. Thus our trip to Cashmere. We drove the splendor of Blewett Pass from our home in Poulsbo on the westside of the state to arrive at Tiny's Fruit Stand to pick our boxes of apples and have a picnic lunch. It was always a beautiful, sunny day and the site of the orchards was intoxicating as we drove across the river and through the countyside of the valley. As the boxes of apples had been collected we could now begin our drive through what was then a sweet little eastern Washington town that hadn't changed much. We would tour the Aplet and Cotlet Factory, did we remember that grandpa had once worked there? And the soda fountain where my dad had also worked at one time.
And then the site of the Cashmere Baptist Church, the centerpiece of Cashmere. The church my dad grew up in. The church where my Grandpa built all the little table and chairs for the Sunday school The church where grandma & grandpa and their two little boys grew in faith and friendship. Cashmere, a Vintage Jewel, the home of my father and his family.