The Giant-Sized Pumpkin
granddaughter was visiting, as usual, and moping around that she had nothing to
do. Since computers came along, kids have the idea that they should be
entertained 24/7, but even computer games become boring after a while.
Kids need activities to keep them occupied. "Why don't you
ask your dad to take you to the pumpkin farm?" The pumpkin farm is not too
far from where I live and has all sorts of things for kids to do, like a petting
zoo, a corn maze, hayrides and, of course, all sizes of pumpkins.
Apparently, she took me up on the suggestion as I later noticed
a giant-size pumpkin on the patio. The rule when I took my kids to get pumpkins
was that they must be able to pick up and carry the pumpkin to the car. This was
a handy rule as I had three kids and two hands. It also kept the size of the
pumpkins under control. The rule has obviously passed into oblivion as this
gourd was so large I don't know how my son got it into his truck without a ramp.
The pumpkin sat on the patio for about a week undisturbed. I
wasn't sure what the plan was, so I ignored the large orange orb and waited.
When my granddaughter came the following weekend, I asked her what she planned
to do with the pumpkin. "Dad and I are going to make a
jack-o'-lantern," she proclaimed.
I later noticed a bowl of pumpkin seeds on the kitchen counter.
Then I discovered the pumpkin in the garage, minus the insides. I guess they ran
out of steam before they finished, and so the half-carved jack-o'-lantern spent
the night on the garage floor.
The next day I spied my grandchild carrying the over-sized
pumpkin across the patio. Now it had a face. I don't know how she was able to
lift it. Maybe it was lighter without the messy stuff inside or maybe where
there is a will there is a way.
The large fruit was very fanciful, much more so than the ones I
used to make with triangles for eyes and nose. Granddaughter said she picked out
the design on the internet and the pumpkin was exactly like the picture. My son
carved the entire thing by hand, which must have been difficult as the bigger
the pumpkin, the tougher its skin.
I saw an article on the internet that said the easy way to carve
a pumpkin is with an electric jigsaw. You can also use a drill to make holes and
create fanciful designs. However, I didn't get a chance to pass this information
along. Doing it the old-fashioned way is probably more fun anyhow.
After the child left, I brought the pumpkin inside and dipped it
in bleach water, which is supposed to help prevent mold and fungus and make it
last longer. I found that little tip in the same article where I found out about
using power tools.
I decided to keep the jack-o'-lantern in the house where it is
cooler until she comes back to visit again. After all the work, I would hate for
it to rot before she has a chance to enjoy it. So, the orange sculpture is on my
kitchen table grinning away. It has a small orange light inside. I guess putting
candles in them also went out of fashion while I was not watching, just like
The next weekend there were two pumpkins on the patio, the
second remarkably similar to the first, obviously copied from the same picture.
"Where did the new pumpkin come from?"
"My other grandmother's house!"
I may soon have an entire pumpkin farm on my patio. That's okay,
though, since my grandchild is smiling too, just like the pumpkin on the