1. Accept the gift the pumpkin has to offer her and make something wonderful. Something delicious. Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Ravioli....
2. Continue to enjoy the company that her pumpkin has offered to her, and eventually we will return the pumpkin to the earth.
The awareness that her pumpkin could not be a permanent fixture in her life, on her bedroom table, brought Ava profound sadness. "Mama, how will I always remember her? How pretty and small she is, how bright and orange, how she has little brown bumps?"
What is a mother to do? No one can stop the cycle of life. How can I help my daughter ensure that her pumpkin can live on? Pumpkin Day, of course!
We spent our afternoon painting pumpkin pictures, painting pumpkins on our faces, painting pumpkins, writing pumpkin songs, penning pumpkin poems, and taking pictures of it all. Pumpkin Day. A day to celebrate our friendly pumpkins, to honor and revere. Through art we are able to transition. Through music and poetry we are able to let go. And through our photos we can, and will remember forever!