Inspired by a friend’s work, I decided to make my own Jack-O-Lantern with my son this year. Honestly I was clueless as to how to make one but my friend gave me the basic ideas. She said, “all you need is a perfect pumpkin and a knife. The rest is up to your imagination.” After printing out my Jack-O-Lantern design from the internet, I was ready.
My son and I went around groceries for the right pumpkin but nothing caught our fancy. One day after bringing him to school, my wife and I spotted a Pumpkin Patch along a small road. We got excited. Right after school, we brought our son to find his very own perfect pumpkin. He was so thrilled.
Which One Dad?
After going around the patch and looking for our future Jack, my son asked me, “which one should I choose dad?” I answered back, “choose the biggest you can carry.” He smiled back satisfied with my response. He then grinned and said, “okay!”
Mid-sized and perfect!
Being patient and finding time to look around pays off. I learned that from my wife who reminds me every time I make “hyper mode” decisions.
I heard my son’s excited voice from the other side of the patch. He kept yelling, “got it, got it.” He ran towards me and handed me his special pumpkin. As he handed the pumpkin he said happily, “found it!”
This message made me reflect when it compared us to pumpkins. The thoughts that struck me the most were, “he removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. He carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all the world to see,” So true. God does takes away our yucky selves , cleanse our soul with his love and make us shine with a renewed heart. Perhaps even be a light to those around us.
First we took the top off. That wasn’t so hard. Then we had to get rid of the seeds and sticky stuff. My eager assistant did a great job in clearing the pumpkin down to the last seed. He saved the seeds in a bowl so we can plant them later. His teacher taught him and his class where pumpkins came from and how to plant them.
Time to carve. I did the easiest pattern I could think of. I also wanted our pumpkin to be a happy and optimistic one. Thus the huge smile on its face. For little kids, Halloween is suppose to be fun, joyous, colorful, exciting and magical. I’m not really into the “nightmare” provoking costumes and theme for them. We should let kids be kids!