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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

It's Pumpkin Time!

Three cheers for October!

I always expect a lot from Thanksgiving weekend. When I was a kid I read Highlights For Kids, and my favourite issues were the Autumn ones. The cover was typically idealistic, with a pie-toting family arriving at the grandparents for a tasty turkey din-din. The trees had left a coating of orange all over the lawn and the kids were running around with the doggy. Everyone had a smile on their face.

I wish real life was like Highlights For Kids. And it almost can be with a little effort.

Suz and I did the traditional pumpkin hunt, which always brings a smile to my face. We always try and patronize the smaller farms or independent businesses.

This year we stopped at a nearby farm for three dollar pumpkins. This is a stupendous deal considering other nearby farms charge a whopping $10 for similarly sized pumpkins. But size isn't everything, as I've learned over the years. There's a lot less work carving smaller pumpkins!

So, instead of spending $40 on a quartet of gourds that would eventually rot anyway, we only spent $12. We also took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the pumpkin patch and the happy red tractor it surrounded.

Afterwards we picked apples and loaded them into the Insight along with the four pumpkins. We even crammed a few bags of groceries in the car before we headed home.

Back at home Suz baked a pie. At my parents we at that pie. It all felt like a "Hightlights For Kids" moment. Then, we got a dose of real life as our traditional Thanksgiving dinner became complete, with hyperactive grandkids and all the shouting that is so typical.


Blogger Chana said...

it felt so great because of your wonderful wife and how happy and content you are with her. you guys are best friends and enjoy each other's company so much. a true happy relationship. when you have that sort of foundation, all is achievable and all is workable. i'm so glad that you are happy. and i'm so glad that you had such a wonderful day.

8:09:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

that's a great thanksgiving...i love the idea of "homemade" and "fresh" in all your highlight moments. i plan on making homemade pumpkin pie with the 5 little ones that are still in my garden, and we will have baked acorn squash that i recently picked as well as fresh carrots. i guess it really boils down to being present at that moment. we spend so much time multi-tasking in our over-sensitized world that we rarely put forth 100% in to anything...being in the moment...your highlight thanksgiving moment...kudos to you both!

9:44:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

Ooh OOh I wanna carve a pumpkin! I love those "hallmark" or "kodak" moments. Love them.

11:12:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

I think Americans make a bigger deal out of Thanksgiving and Halloween and I wish Canada would follow suit. People are often too busy with work and I think they all need to slow down and bake a damn pie.

12:40:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

Some of us still know how to have a good time (and a pie or two). And where on God's green earth did you find $3.00 pumpkins man!?!? I need details email to me stat!!!

I used to hunt pumpkins but most of the farmers don't let me on their farms more than once. Some complaint about me scaring the other patrons away. Some nonsense about camo and a bow and arrow being menacing.

9:10:00 PM


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