Corn Maze

Occasionally someone will ask me, “How did you and your husband meet?”

I would like to say, “We met in the corn maze.”

It wouldn’t be true.  Grayson and I probably became acquainted when he saw me repairing the siding on my mobile home and walked over to help me.

October is the month of corn mazes, and when I saw one advertised in our area by the 4-H Club, I was intrigued.  Some people prefer a day at the casino or a night at some nightclub.  For me, it’s a walk in the country, or in the corn maze.

I could go alone, but it might be more fun if someone accompanied me.  Who could I ask?  A woman friend had the habit of fizzling out when we tried to go anywhere together.  Nope, don’t ask her.  Then I thought of Grayson.  Would he consider a corn maze too childish, too silly?

I asked him and he didn’t hesitate.  He’d love to go.

When we got there, I suggested we always turn the same direction in the maze.  That way, we wouldn’t get lost.  He agreed, and it became Rule #1.  It was also the beginning of his interest in me.

The second year, we were going together, and he suggested Rule # 2.  Whenever we enter a dead-end, we will share a hug and a kiss.

By the third year, we were married and had established the tradition of visiting the maze every October.  Our being older but recently married caused the younger set to remark, “Oh, how sweet.”

We’re still a sweet couple.

Sometimes the 4-H kids are too eager to help.  A couple of years they kept offering to guide us through the maze.

“No, thanks.”

One year, we missed it.  A week before it was to open, a tornado swept through and flattened the corn.  Event canceled, photos on the web.

Being that it’s October, the maze has a Halloween thrust, with ghoulish displays at various places.

Being that it’s a 4-H project, it has sign posts with interesting agricultural information.  For example, we learned that California produces 100% of the almonds found in the US.  And we can get access to less than 5% of the world’s potable water.  The rest is bound in the ice caps.

Naturally the corn maze includes a pumpkin patch.  From among locally grown produce, we have a choice of buying heirloom orange, red, white, or blue pumpkins, weirdly shaped squash, or gourds.  In a tent we can also buy pumpkin butter or pumpkin syrup, pistachios, honey…

We’ve been visiting the maze for ten years now.  And each year it gets better.  Now they have a short, medium, or long route through the maze.  We always take the longest way.  And why not?  Despite all its improvements, we still follow our two rules:  Turn the same direction.  At each dead-end, hug and kiss.

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