"Would someone please bury me."
It sounds like an odd request until you realize it was made a youngster playing in dried leaves Thursday morning in Hannibal's Central Park.
Nine 4- and 5-year-old children from the WEeCare Preschool/Daycare in Hannibal spent over an hour frolicking in the park as the temperature hovered in the mid 70s.
"They could do this all day," said April Gaulke, pre-K teacher. "Rather than sit in a classroom we came outside before it got cold."
After nearly a week's worth of summertime-like high temperatures a big change was ushered into northeast Missouri by a potent cold front Thursday afternoon. Following a high Thursday in the upper 70s, the forecasted high will only make it into the low 50s through early next week. Overnight lows will tumble to around 30 during the period.
Among those not ready to see Indian Summer end is Taylor Quisenberry.
"I like being outdoors a lot," she said.
The senior at Hannibal High School and a participant in the Service in Action program, was enjoying her lunch break parked on the riverfront on Thursday.
"I like to come down and look at the riverboat and river," she said.
The colder weather likely won't put a damper in Kayla Drebenstedt's outdoor fun.
"I'm addicted to swinging," she said while sitting in a Kiwanis Park swing. "I swing about every day. It's something that gets me out of doors and I like being outdoors so much."
Drebenstedt, who started swinging daily in April, won't be deterred by the more fall-like weather.
"I'll keep coming out until it's so cold I absolutely can't stand it," she said.