“He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.”
-Linus to Charlie Brown speaking about The Great Pumpkin-
We planted the pumpkins later this year, hoping to stretch their ripening all the way to October. Oh, well. Those in the middle of the patch are ready. They are bright orange. Their leaves are dying away. So, we went to plan B. We harvested the pumpkins which were ready and put them in a cool, dry place. Let’s see if they make it a few more weeks without imploding.
Still in the patch under green leaves are more pumpkins. A lot more. There will be pumpkins for everyone.
Harvesting pumpkins is more fun than choosing pumpkins at the store. Little people turn out to be very particular about their pumpkins. I thought that most of them would want BIG pumpkins, but I was wrong. Each child’s eyes see pumpkins differently. They shout out “this is mine” . . . “this is mine” before cutting the stem with Grandpa’s pumpkin knife. It is the only time of year when they get to use the knife by themselves. Well, sort of by themselves with the supervision of every able-bodied adult within range of the pumpkin patch.
This year there will be pumpkins for the porch and for the yard. Pumpkins to carve and pumpkins to paint. Pumpkins to put in the car and take to grandchildren who live far away. Smiling pumpkins and scary pumpkins. The best time to harvest pumpkins is in the evening. That is because the light is beautiful which makes Grandma’s camera very happy.
“On Halloween night, The Great Pumpkin rises into the air and brings toys to all of the boys and girls in the world”.
“Sure, Linus. You don’t really believe that, do you?”