Long ago, children did not return to school until after Labor Day. This meant that the last week of August going into early September, was a nice celebration of the end of the summer vacation.
We got to visit with our grandparents in upstate New York. Our grandmother made the best apple pies I have ever eaten. As little girls we were thrilled to be able to help bake pies and learn how the pie crust must always be made with lard and chilled before rolling it out. We always had cups of tea as we worked with her. By the end of the morning we had blueberry apple and Columbia berry pies cooling on the counter for the big family dinner in the evening.