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Pumpkin Everything Conjures Memories

pumpkins-with-wordsHappy October 1st!

Time to turn another page of the calendar to welcome another month. I love this month because pumpkin everything is back in season. Pumpkin muffins, milkshakes, coffee, soup. Even the Danish Kringle pastry, which Racine is known for worldwide is made with pumpkin this time of year.

The sweet savory gourd shows up in so many comfort foods, it’s mind boggling. Even the stuff in the can goes down in price so you can make your own special pumpkin treats at home. In fact, I have pumpkin bread on today’s “to do” list. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen.

Another pumpkin delight is the smell of a spicy pumpkin candle. I kid you not! By simply lighting a candle you can enjoy pumpkin without the zillions of calories that come with the sweet treats. The warm scent of cooking pumpkin pie fills the house with a sweet scent that makes a person feel warm and gooey inside. You’ll go back to a time when your mom made pumpkin pie once a year from scratch and you slathered on a dollop of whipping cream to top it off.

This time of year, there’s no getting away from the gourd. You see them along the road side, in the grocery stores and even at the local nursery. There’s pictures of carved pumpkins in store windows. There’s pumpkins on your neighbor’s porches. They’re everywhere; they’re everywhere!

Until this year, Ken and I have filled our home with friends for an annual Pumpkin Carving Party. We celebrated our 15th annual last year, but this year there won’t be a party because things have changed. One friend is too ill to come, another is moving to Florida, and Ken’s arm tremor prohibits him from wielding a knife for any reason any more. Change like this I can do without, and I’ll be sad on the Saturday before Halloween when we usually held the party. It’s an end of an era.

So what will we do instead of hosting a party? Hmmm . . . Probably eat something made with pumpkin and look at pictures that will bring back fifteen years of fun memories.

Celebrate Nothing

Lounging in the Sun

Lounging in the Sun

Over the weekend, we celebrated my dog Ernie’s birthday. Of course, he had no idea why we were petting him incessantly the entire day. He had not idea why we talked to him in high voices and broad smiles. He just pretended we weren’t nuts and slept most of the day.

At suppertime, we treated him with a roast beef dinner with a side of cooked carrots and potatoes. He couldn’t believe his good fortune. He twirled around with excitement and a broad grin on his face. (Yes, he grins when he’s excited. If you don’t believe me, check out the Easter pictures!) At any rate, Ernie’s birthday ended with a happy dog — who didn’t have to wear a funny hat.

As Ken and I go through the MS journey, we use little events — like Ernie’s birthday — as an excuse for celebration. These little lapses of jubilation bring us both happiness. We’ve even made a party out of it not raining in the midst of a week of precipitation. It takes a bit of creativity and a little work to be silly for a few hours. But it’s good therapy to suspend reality and have fun over something that is really nothing.

Today we’re celebrating the first day it will be 80 degrees this year. We’re hauling out the sandals and shades and heading to the lake front to pretend it’s summer. Then we’ll meet a friend for an afternoon spent giggling over a cup of coffee.

When there are so many times of just hanging out at home because Ken is too weak to do anything else, these little spurts of joy in the form of made-up parties are just the ticket to a good day. It’s a way we cope with frustrations of daily life. We need the diversion.

So, as we kick back and enjoy the sun on Joyce’s porch this afternoon, celebrating a pretty day, what have you celebrated lately?