Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Once Was The Great Pumpkin

It was a dark and snow stormy night. The witching hour had finally come to pass. I gazed at myself in the mirror - the "Great Pumpkin" look was me all over.

The trip in this blizzard would be a long one and I had to arrive at my destination in time for Halloween. As we drove, I hung my head out the passenger door window to help the driver follow the lines painted on the road. I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. I was developing freezer burn, but that was the least of my worries. I kept yelling "hurry" but thanks to the weather there was no hurry this Halloween.

At last, the lights of my destination appeared. I was met at the door by a woman wearing a nurse's uniform. "Great costume," I remarked. She was not amused.

"How far along is your pumpkin?" she asked. "Nine months, six days," I answered. "Is it your first pumpkin?" First and most likely last I thought. "Yes," I answered. She informed me I had probably made a mistake in calculating my pumpkin growth chart, as my pumpkin wasn't large enough to be delivered for this Halloween celebration.

"Go for a walk," she suggested. "Your pumpkin will be late for the celebration. No Halloween winner for you this year."

Walk? She wanted someone dressed as the "Great Pumpkin" to walk. How long, how far? O.k., this pumpkin was getting really heavy and it was evident I would soon be viewing it from a spot on the corridor floor.

Where did that woman dressed as a nurse go? All the doors down the corridor were closed. I started opening them, one by one, looking for the pumpkin patch.

Aha! A man dressed as a doctor was placing a recently arrived pumpkin in the patch. "I've got another one for you," I called to him. The woman in the nurse's uniform shook her head and whispered to the doctor. "Check her anyway," he ordered.

The disbelieving woman in the nurse's uniform reluctantly checked and found to her surprise that my pumpkin was well on its way. Minutes later I participated in the Halloween celebration. A new pumpkin for the patch.

"A witch or a warlock?" I asked the doctor. "A princess," he replied.


My little princess was six years old before she realized that people did not come to our door on the 31st of October asking for candy because it was her birthday, but rather because it was Halloween.

It is her favorite holiday and she firmly believes that everyone should celebrate because it is her birthday after all.

This was originally published for the 34th Carnival of Genealogy, October 2007. It's one of my favorites. A footnoteMaven Halloween Classic. Happy Birthday Tracy.


Blogger Greta Koehl said...

Ah, my younger daughter was born on the 26th. She was five days old when she wore her first Halloween costume, a pumpkin costume. And today, at age 17, she has again dressed up in costume (a very inventive black and purple creation she designed herself) to hand out Halloween candy to the neighborhood children. Halloween is a big event in our family, too! Loved this story! (Ya gotta wonder about that nurse.)

October 31, 2009 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Congratulations on your near Halloween addition/edition. I love this holiday as you do. It brings back great memories and I'm glad you enjoyed them.

I gained no weight with this baby. At six months I was wearing a bikini. I couldn't get anyone to believe I was delivering a baby that night.

It was a Navy hospital and my daughter's father was admitted with pneumonia the same night. The hospital was busy, very busy. The nurse just wouldn't believe me until my water broke in the ladies room. She had a lot of explaining to do to the doctor.

The doctor's name was Campbell by the way, my maiden name. Fate!


October 31, 2009 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

I dinna have a Halloween baby, but my son was born on June 14, Flag Day. He was always so impressed that they flew flags on his birthday. I think, even now as an adult, he secretly believes in his heart that the flags are there for him --- and perhaps to me as well.

November 1, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

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