Exploring the pumpkin patch

Last Sunday, I was to pick up our twin eleven-year-old daughters at the pumpkin patch after their sleepover at their cousin’s house.  They texted me as I was on my way there and asked if they could stay longer. I texted back, “Yes” and went on to visit my parents, which was on the way.

Shortly afterwards, they texted again and said they were bored and could I pick them up now. OK.  On my way there, they texted again asking if I could take them across the street to the corn maze.  I thought  for a moment about all the stuff I had to do that day and thought, “How much longer will they want me to take them to the corn maze?”

“Yes,” I texted back. “Yea!!” was the reply. That made my day.

When I picked them up, we headed across the street and paid our way in, receiving a map of the maze, which we paid little attention to.  We wandered and ran and hid, enjoying the feeling of being lost in the maze.

One of my girls looked at the map and noticed the list of 12 questions on the back. If you answered the questions right, you might win $200 in a drawing. We decided to go for it and noticed that the answers to the questions were placed randomly through the maze.  We searched a bit finding little, and then we took a closer look at the map. The maze was made of Halloween themes such as a bat, a witch, a skull, a thundercloud, and the back of the map revealed how many answers could be found in each section.

I began reading the map and directed our initial steps, telling the girls which way we had to turn. We were having fun, so they said. But after a few minutes, I thought, what am I doing? So I gave them the map and instead of telling them what to do, I began asking them what we should do.

They took to it immediately, found the way and found the answers we were looking for, kind of like life. I showed them how to find north by the angle of the sun and that a map always had north at the top. But they did the rest. They kept saying what fun this was, and it was for me too. I know it will be a memory we will always carry with us.

It is so easy for me to instruct them and tell them what to do, but it’s more fun to ask them what we should do and how we should do it.  At one point, one of them looked up at me and said, “Hey, are you training us?” I said yes, and indeed I was.  But it was fun for all of us.