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Jack O'Lanterns
October 25, 2007


This is our third Halloween together in America. And our third in an apartment building where there are no children to trick-or-treat. We’ve put off carving a pumpkin the last two years because there didn’t seem to be a reason for decorating, but Frances decided that she can’t neglect her All Hallows Eve traditions any longer.

For Frances, carving (or painting) a pumpkin is tradition. For Paul, it is an American spin-off of his turnip-carving days of old. Seemingly the Irish brought the tradition with them to America. They replaced the humble turnip with pumpkin abundant in the New World. It didn't hurt that they are a lot easier to carve than turnips. Seriously - have you ever tried to hollow out a turnip?

This was Paul’s first experience with such a large Jack O’Lantern. It was a joint effort, with Paul getting to do most of the yucky stuff like scooping the inside of the pumpkin clean, and Frances getting to do the fun stuff like carving the face. When we finished, we were both pleased with the crooked grin … and are looking forward to eating the seeds once they are roasted.

Now that we have a pumpkin and a bag of candy for trick-or-treaters who never show, we are all set for a night of ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night.

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