NO PUMPKINS ALLOWED!

By  Lesley Baradel

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It’s October 31st and I have successfully (and secretly) avoided buying a pumpkin to decorate with my kids and put out on the front step to watch it rot away day after day to then become infested with tiny maggots that then I have to later clean up wearing surgical gloves! **I’ll spare you the picture!**

Yes, you are all thinking I am bah-humbug but I just cannot stand the gross clean-up every year. So, this year, every time we went to the grocery store that was lined with all sorts of pumpkins in all sorts of sizes, I would tell me kids one of two things that offer up no medium ground for shopping the pumpkin patch.

“We’ll get it next time. We have too much to get today!” 

“We’ll get it next time. We only need a few things today so I want to make it quick!”

 

So, this year, instead of carving our own, I am just going to surf the web with my kids to find the best looking images of carved and decorated pumpkins and also enjoy our neighbors wonderful creations. THANKS, FRIENDLY NON-MAGGOT FEARING NEIGHBORS!\

Maybe to make myself feel better, I will make one of MANY pumpkin recipes that Ann so kindly posted last week. I think the Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili may be the winner!

So, what do you think?

AM I DEPRIVING MY CHILDREN OF A CHILDHOOD MEMORY AND THEY WILL BE SCARRED FOR YEARS TO COME?

 

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