Monday, October 29, 2007

The last couple of days have been beautiful. Temps in the 50s, but with very little wind and the bright sun, it feels far warmer. I love the colored leaves, the sense of appreciation swelling inside me because this glorious weather won't last and I know it. I bask in the rays, enjoying every borrowed moment.

Last night, fortified with chili and cornbread, we carved pumpkins at our daughter's. Actually the grand kids used this nifty serrated gizmo to trace patterns of a goofy smiley face and a friendly bat that soon emerged under their nimble fingers. We all dig through the slimy pulp, searching for seeds. They'll be washed and dried and roasted. But, that's for another day. As soon as dark falls, we lit the Jack 'O Lanterns. I smile. Who cannot? I'm a kid again. :-)

On the ride home, the moon is full, so beautiful I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for God's creation. Content, reliving memories, wondering where the time has gone. I think of my father, the ultimate pumpkin carver who never needed a pattern. My eyes grow moist. I'm a bit sad, but full of hope for the future. God is in Heaven. All is well with world.

3 comments:

Shirley Jump said...

What a beautiful post! And so true about the beauty of the season!

This year, we gave up on the carving thing (none of us really has the talent, LOL) and got the kind you plug in. They were really cool. We did loads of other decorations instead. The kids did miss having a real pumpkin, so I think we'll do a mix next year. And my husband was all disappointed that there weren't any roasted pumpkin seeds. Ah well, try to avoid a mess and I get complaints ;-)

Shirley

Shirley Jump said...

What a beautiful post! And so true about the beauty of the season!

This year, we gave up on the carving thing (none of us really has the talent, LOL) and got the kind you plug in. They were really cool. We did loads of other decorations instead. The kids did miss having a real pumpkin, so I think we'll do a mix next year. And my husband was all disappointed that there weren't any roasted pumpkin seeds. Ah well, try to avoid a mess and I get complaints ;-)

Shirley

Janet Dean said...

I saw your decorations, Shirley, and they'd outdo a carved Jack O' Lantern any day!

We have the resin light-up Jack o' lanterns at our house, too. The mess I'm trying to avoid is smashed pumpkins out front of our house that we have to clean up.