52 Project, Week 41: Pumpkin

52 Project, Week 41: Pumpkin

I love pumpkins.  I love their shape, their color, their smell.  I love the season in which they’re harvested, autumn.  I love their twirly vines and big green leaves.  I love the way they taste, and I love using them in cooking.  I also love to use them for decorating.  Pumpkins are awesome.

I’m sure the other squashes are a bit jealous of pumpkins.  I mean, pumpkins are pretty popular.  I do love acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash too, but they don’t have the visual appeal of a pumpkin, for me at least.

Maybe it’s because I was obsessed with fairy tales as a child.  I used to pretend I was Lisserella while I was doing my chores.  I pretended my blankets and old shirts that I used for dress up would turn into a ball gown and the squirrels in our yard would whisk me away in a pumpkin to some faraway castle where I could fall in love with a prince.  I remember making my brother dance around to classical music played on my parent’s record player.  I definitely had a big imagination.

Now that I’m an adult, I know that fairy tales don’t exist.  Real life doesn’t have fairy Godmothers who can whip up a beautiful gown and a lovely carriage.  There aren’t any beautiful balls where women in skirts and men in suits swirl around the room anymore.   There is no Prince waiting to fall in love and live happily ever after.  Reality can be a bit harsh.

There is something better than a fairy Godmother though.  Jehovah God can and will do things more wonderful than dresses and pumpkins and coachmen.  After all, he created the entire earth, all of the plants and animals.  Jesus set a wonderful example of the quality of God’s love, which is better than any prince in a fairy tale.

Despite the fact that life isn’t a fairy tale, my love for pumpkins hasn’t waned.  I love getting a fresh white pumpkin for my entryway table every autumn.  I adore the tiny white and orange striped pumpkins for my center wall.  I love baking my pumpkins and creating muffins, cheesecakes, and beverages.  For me, that is so much sweeter than a carriage.

What is your favorite color of pumpkin?  White, orange, blue, green or somewhere in between?

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