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Pumpkin Meets Drill

A well-rounded and compact head – a good description of a cabbage, but it works for a pumpkin too!

drilled hole design

This year I used a drill to make almost perfect round holes in my jack-o’-lantern. (Did you know that the term jack-o’-lantern comes from an Irish folktale? Large turnips and potatoes were used by the Irish in Ireland, but they switched to the readily available pumpkins when they came to America.)

holes drilled zentangle design

‘Jack’ doesn’t look all that handsome in the daylight, but he really ‘shines’ in the dark!

When I was looking for a quotation about pumpkins, I found a musing by Alexander McCall Smith. It reminded me of transporting my pumpkins last year.  I secured them in the back seat of the Jeep and briefly thought about what quiet, friendly companions they were.

The pumpkin looked delicious—almost perfectly round and deep yellow in colour, it sat on the passenger seat beside her so comfortably as she drove out of the car park, so pleased to be what it was, that she imagined conducting a conversation with it… And the pumpkin would remain silent, of course, but would somehow indicate that it knew what she was talking about, that there were similar issues in the world of pumpkins.

There was no harm, she thought, in allowing your imagination to run away with you, as a child’s will do, because the thoughts that came in that way could be a comfort, a relief in a world that could be both sad and serious. Why not imagine a talk with a pumpkin? Why not imagine going off for a drive with a friendly pumpkin, a companion who would not, after all, answer back; who would agree with everything you said, and would at the end of the day appear on your plate as a final gesture of friendship?
– Alexander McCall Smith, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine –

Happy Halloween, all!

(Is it still called Halloween in your community schools, or has it been changed to Black and Orange Spirit Day?)

There is a growing list of Halloween costumes that have been described as inappropriate because they are negative representations. Lynda Davis, at BoomerBroadcast wonders: “If I answer the door dressed as myself, an aging baby boomer in a comfortable T-shirt and yoga pants will I offend my entire generation?”

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20 Comments

  1. Great job on that pumpkin, but I’m boycotting Halloween because the use of pumpkins as the symbol is offensive to other fruits and vegetables who do not have a holiday of their own.

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    • I’m sure fruits and vegetables will appreciate your loyalty – though Christmas does pay tribute to cranberries, fruitcake and mashed potatoes…

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  2. Still called Halloween at the high school where I work. In fact, every year the staff has a theme and anyone who wants to can take dress up for the day. This year it’s historical figures, I’m going as Dorothy Parker.
    I like your pumpkin!

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    • That sounds like fun! Our local drug store sells Halloween costumes – the staff have been dressing up for days now! My pharmacist was Superman yesterday.

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  3. Some of our schools have gone to ‘orange and black day’; some have banned any kind of ‘connection’ to Halloween altogether; I missed seeing the children, dressed in their costumes, parading around the school yard and neighbouring streets over the past several years. That we’ve lost to many of our traditions to ‘political correctness’ (or whatever it is) saddens me. Where will it end?

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    • Personally, I think our country loses something when it removes the cultures and traditions that have been developed by the people who built Canada. We are a country that has rather successfully melded together people from all over the world. In the past, newcomers adapted so they could be Canadians. They might not have celebrated Christmas or Easter or Halloween, but they didn’t insist that we abandon the holidays and culture of the country they had chosen to become part of. Most simply carried on their own traditions within their home or their community, and added the holidays of the country they were now part of.

      We lived in the Middle East for a few years. We observed their holidays and took part when we were welcome. The merchants, in turn, capitalized on a new market, by offering decorations and cards for some of our Christian holidays!

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      • I agree. Canadians have often been characterized as being ‘exceptionally polite’; lately that’s changed to ‘too accommodating’. Being ‘expected’ to give up 150+ years of our culture and traditions to be more ‘inclusive’ (which, in effect, has made us ‘exclude’ much of our unique history) is shameful, in my opinion.

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  4. Your jack-o’-lantern is lovely.
    I chuckled when I saw your photo of the pumpkins strapped in the back seat.
    Your pumpkins are perfect for the challenge.
    Wishing you a very Happy Halloween!

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  5. I love the pumpkin! My husband’s comment, “That is impressive!”
    I think the public schools still use the term Halloween. For our local Christian Schools it has always been Reformation Day due to celebrating Martin Luther.
    Love Al’s take on pumpkins and Halloween!

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    • Drilling holes in a pumpkin is actually hard work. My husbands drill is battery powered, and it gets quite heavy after a while!
      It seems like Reformation Day is a good example of people simply accepting that different people can do different things without the expectation that everyone should conform to the other’s choice.

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  6. I love it. What a way to legitimize yapping away in a car when there is apparently no one to talk to. I am thinking of getting one of those huge stuffed bears. I am sure that would work, right up there in the front seat!
    And long live Halloween and Christmas and Valentines Day and Easter and………………….

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    • There seems to be a growing backlash against all this ‘inclusive’ holiday renaming!

      Some years ago I made a full size Santa. The face was crafted from a nylon stocking stuffed and stitched. I dressed Santa in a Santa suit at Christmas, but the rest of the year he wears regular clothes. I used to leave him sitting in a chair in the living room when we were away on vacation – sort of a scarecrow… I also thought he could ride in the car with me if I had to venture into a less savoury part of town alone at night.

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