I’m beginning to see pumpkins on neighbors porches and fence posts. It reminded me that Papa taught me how to carve pumpkins – an activity he enjoyed. He helped us scoop out the squishy pumpkin guts, and then estimate the best site to carve the design – allowing for the shape of the pumpkin and any odd formations on it. We’d make a rough sketch on a piece of paper – usually nothing fancy – just triangle eyes and nose with a toothless grin. The simplicity of the design made it easy for us kids to do. Nowadays, pumpkin carving is an art form – and as much as I ooh and aah at intricately designed pumpkins, there is something to be said for keeping it simple, too. 🙂 I found an interesting history of the Jack-O-Lantern at the History.com website.
I love this story! My father and I also always carved pumpkins for Halloween. He was always very creative and we would collaborate to come up with something unique or different. One year we carved the outline of a cat against a full moon. It turned out really well. Thanks for sharing, you’ve just reminded me of a very happy memory, keep ’em coming!