What kinds of experiences stir emotions for the past within you?

As a child growing up in southern New England, late September marked the beginning of autumn, which meant a trip to the local apple orchard and pumpkin patch. My family and I would often spend Saturday afternoon in the crisp fall air in search of the perfect apples and pumpkins to make pies and other delicious treats to snack on through the remainder of the year.

For families around the world, the changing of the seasons ushers in a variety of traditions. Some folks take trips to lakes and beaches in the summer, go on adventures in the big city, or relax in the countryside. Others may not go anywhere in particular. They may make special meals during the holidays with friends or play board games together.

Apples sitting in a basket during autumn in Massachusetts.

For me, this time of year makes me think about these orchard trips with my family. Looking at this photo of apples, from the Flying Cloud Apple Orchard in Acushnet, Massachusetts, I can almost taste the cider that was such a treat to drink when I was a child.

Of course, nostalgia is something that affects everyone differently. We’d love to know what kinds of experiences you’ve had that stir these emotions for the past in you.

For this challenge, show us what nostalgia means to you — perhaps a moment or scene that makes you feel wistful, happy, sad, or somehow longing for the past. It might be with friends, family, or by yourself — anywhere, anytime of year. We can’t wait to see your interpretations of this theme!

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