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The Prodigal Pumpkin Boy Returns

Several years ago we purchased this pumpkin scarecrow decoration for our home. It was a huge hit with my youngest daughter, she dubbed him "Pumpkin Boy."

Sadly, we lost "Pumpkin Boy" when the sewage in the home we were renting backed up and flooded our home. (Apparently a tree root had managed to get inside the pipe, and when a toilet was left running, it eventually backed up and flooded our bedroom.) Poor "Pumpkin Boy" was hiding in the closet, and absorbed all the water like a sponge. We had to toss out a lot of things, shoes, clothing and anything else that was contaminated. It was a mess -- I even lost a sketchbook I kept under my bed that I would use to draw my dreams, or other moments of inspiration.

The next year, "Pumpkin Boy" didn't return, and my daughter was distraught that "Pumpkin Boy" had forgotten her. She made the declaration, "He was probably busy, but I know he'll come back next year." What was I to do? I tried in vain to look for this decoration, but alas it was not to be.

Fellow blogger and friend Shuku had offered to help me make one, and she sent me some patterns to make the pumpkin shape. I bought a different scarecrow decoration of about the approximate size and removed the head -- then, stitch by stitch I hand sewed Pumpkin Boy's head -- trying my best to match the original, thus bringing him back from the abyss.

The day before Halloween last year, my daughter discovered "Pumpkin Boy" hiding in the bushes at night.

This year, "Pumpkin Boy" returned once more during our full moon, so I thought I would post a picture of the original "Pumpkin Boy", and the new "Pumpkin Boy." This picture was taken last year, right after she discovered "Pumpkin Boy" hiding in the bushes and we brought him inside.


Jsmibert said...

What a wonderful story... The girls look very happy to have him back! Grayson has some beloved toys we are scared are going to disintegrate soon..... and I am not that good with a needle and thread! Loved the pics!

Anthony Holden said...

This is a great story--and what cute little girls you have! What a great moment in fatherhood.

Bob Nelson said...

that's a lovely, whimsical sort of tale! that would make a great little illustrated story. i really look forward to having similar experiences with my daughters. thanks for sharing Mo! and thank you for the comments on our blog :)

happy halloween,


Hans said...

That's a nice story! I like Pumpkin Boy's new style better;)

Have a happy Halloween!

- Hans

Anonymous said...

What a great story..! Pumpkin boy is looking fabulous. Happy Halloween

Bill Ferguson said...

What a great Dad.That probably was like Christmas come early for her!

Carlo Lo Raso said...

Beautiful little story. Your kids are very lucky to have such a dad.


Shuku said...

Marcelo! It's Pumpkin Boy! He looks -good- as I've said before, and I'm so glad he's resurrected again!

Will be posting soon, promise, I just transferred the photos of the Golden Hind out of my camera two days ago. Chris Deboda's tagged me so I have incentive to actually WRITE.


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