Beecher animal shelter offers Halloween fun

2012-10-03T00:00:00Z Beecher animal shelter offers Halloween funBy Jennifer Pallay Times Columnist
October 03, 2012 12:00 am  • 

A year ago today, I wrote a letter to my then unborn child. We had recently learned he was a boy, but he still had no name so I called him “Little Baby.”

I wrote Little Baby about how earlier that day, I was sitting in a pumpkin patch at County Line Orchard in Hobart. My belly was growing, but I still thought no one would notice. I watched parents with little kids running through the corn maze, scooping up pumpkins, stepping in mud. I imagined that the next year that would be me.

I waited in line to board a tractor to head back to the barn when an employee said, “there’s a special bench for you over there.” It read “Expectant Mothers Only.”

That was the first time a stranger mentioned my pregnancy and that’s when I realized life would never be the same. This becoming a mom thing was really happening.

I wrote my son that night about riding back on the tractor and thinking about him being with me in my stomach and how next year, he would be with me in a different way when we returned to the orchard.

“I can’t wait!” is how I ended the letter. Well, now it’s time for pumpkin patches and his first Halloween, and I’ve been busily planning some adorable photo ops.

One place we plan to visit is Settler’s Pond hooved animal shelter and rescue in Beecher, where the pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day this fall.

The rescue, at 1301 E. Offner Road, takes in abused and stray animals of all kinds. There aren’t many places like it, especially in this area.

My friends and I went there a few Halloween seasons back and enjoyed the day visiting the animals, picking out our pumpkins and learning more about this great facility. Why not buy a pumpkin and help out some animals at the same time? I know I’m looking forward to all the cute pictures I can take of my son, and writing him a letter that night about all the fun we had.

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