Sunday, October 31, 2010

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 Life Goes On said...

Fun post to read. Happy birthday and Halloween to your daughter

October 31, 2010 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Happy Birthday Tracy.

Thank you fM for the repeat!

October 31, 2010 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

This has become my all-time favorite Halloween story! In fact, I was just thinking of it yesterday and hoping you would post it again, fM!

Happy Halloween, and Happy Birthday, Tracy!

October 31, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

Happy Birthday to Tracy. This post brings back memories of 18 years ago, five days before Halloween. And my five-day-old celebrated her first Halloween as a pumpkin.

October 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Janice Tracy said...

What a fun post to read! Happy Halloween to you and Happy Halloween Birthday to your little princess!

October 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Michelle Goodrum said...

What a great story. One of the best I've read. Happy Birthday to your princess and Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you all for stopping by and reading. It would not be Halloween for me without this post.


P.S. Greta I remember talking with you about this being a special time of year for you as well.

Happy Birthday to your pumpkin!

October 31, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

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