On Sunday, Papa and I went out to visit with two of our grandkids. When we arrived the kitchen table was covered in brown paper, the pumpkins and carving equipment all around. They had carefully been punctured in all the right places so the selected picture could be carved into the face of the pumpkin! The kids did most of it, but when it came to the real detail, they eagerly handed all the tools over to their mother. You should have seen the look on Mom’s face! Of course, she knew she’d get to do all the “difficult carving!” But carving a pumpkin is a messy venture, and does anyone look forward to slimy internal muck, and seeds? The pictures the kids chose for the faces of their pumpkins were rather interesting, one being a cat, and the other the head of a wolf! It wasn’t difficult to know who chose the kitty, and who chose an intimidating wolf face! A girl – 6, and boy – 8, exactly. I always wanted to carve a pumpkin with something different from triangular eyes, nose, and jagged teeth in a wide smiley mouth! Why didn’t I ever think to do that? As the faces were finished, we all had to admit, they turned out pretty well, even though Mom had to do all the finishing up! After the carvings were completed, pumpkins cleaned out, and lights put into the insides, they truly were going to add to a ghoulish Halloween night!
But wait, there’s more! As we looked around for the large bowl of guts, and seeds from the insides, they were nowhere to be found…….we looked everywhere, nothing! Finally, I knocked on my grandsons bedroom door, and upon being told I could enter, there precisely in the middle of his big double bed, was the bowl of pumpkin seeds and guts!” Upon asking him why he had taken the bowl into his room, he looked at me with eyes that said, “Grandma, don’t you know?” and replied, “Room fragrance!” Of course, what could I have been thinking! Apparently there are more things than I realized for a pumpkin to do than just be scary, and one of them is to provide much-needed room fragrance for eight year old boys!