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Carving Mr Pumpkin

It seems just yesteryear,  in our kitchen Noah at age 5  (did I really let him wield that sharp knife?)  and Sarah at 6  (my friend Celia’s sweet niece,  now a mother herself).

Me with a headache  (“Dana’s famous migraines”,  I once heard Celia call them).

“Go lie down,  I’ll watch the kids.”   Celia said.

Me on the bed,  a cold washcloth on my forehead,  their rising voices in the kitchen.

Then footsteps in the hall coming to show me Mr Pumpkin’s silly lopsided grin.

And me sitting up in bed laughing,  (despite my throbbing head)  so very happy in that precious moment.

RetroFllash /  100 Words

(For more about Celia and me see Moving Day Blues)

– Dana Susan Lehrman 

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Halloween, Pumpkins
Characterizations: funny, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    A happy Halloween memory, despite the migraine. Glad you were able to rally.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    What a special memory (well, not the headache part). It was great to be able to laugh at Mr. Pumpkin.

  3. John Shutkin says:

    A lovely, bittersweet Halloween memory, Dana. Pain and pleasure in equal parts. I hope the migraines are over, while Halloween carries on annually, albeit without our little kids.

  4. Suzy says:

    Carving pumpkins is not easy! The owl pumpkin that is the featured image of my story took teenage Molly and grown-up me several hours, as I recall. So I’m impressed that little Noah and Sarah managed it, even with Celia’s help.

  5. Khati Hendry says:

    A happy memory from an unhappy headache. Almost a lemonade from lemon moment 🙂

  6. Marian says:

    I’m glad a good memory came out despite the migraine, Dana. Enjoyed this little reminiscence.

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