The trees in Southern Minnesota are deliciously colorful right now. The rolling hills and bluffs are swaddled in hues of gold, red, orange, brown and purple. We have been deprived of the glory of the fall season having lived in North Dakota where our 80 acres had a total of ONE tree. Sadly, that one tree would go from having some nice bright, green leaves to completely bare in about an hour and a half.
Madison and I traveled 60 miles down Hwy 61 to Winona, Minnesota today. It follows the Mississippi River and the bluffs that surround it on both the Minnesota side and the Wisconsin side. It was a beautiful drive with the trees in full color. Our journey to Winona was Madison's first college visit/tour. Winona State University is a pretty campus nestled at the bottom of the Mississippi bluffs, along the river and is resplendent in color right now. The campus is about 10,000 students and seems to comprise a fair amount of diversity, which is important to Madison after having lived through the single ethnic lack-of-diversity experienced in North Dakota.
We saw the important things on campus and culminated in the bookstore where she bought a sweatshirt. I asked if she had chosen this as her one and only college and she informed me that she plans on getting a sweatshirt at every college we visit. Whew! That kid will have a lot of hoodies by the end of this Spring!
She also took her PSAT yesterday which is another sign to me that I am indeed past my college fun-in-my-prime days. I had to keep reminding her that the cute guys were checking me out and not her. How silly could she be?
I am now home, making applesauce with the abundance of apples that our trees gave us this year. The smell in here is unbelievable! So I'm pretty sure that my day today qualifies me for Mom-of-the-Year status. I've watched my first born tour her first college, helped her prepare for her PSAT, marveled at the beauty of fall, and lamented her approaching college days while making applesauce. If only all my days were this contemplative.