I never thought I’d fall in love with a green pumpkin. It’s probably technically a gourd, but that word sounds like a contender for Top 10 Vegetable Insults, so I’m calling her a pumpkin. “Her”, because she’s got a perfection of color, texture, shine, twirl, and verve that can only truly be displayed by the feminine version of any species, vegetables included.
She travelled from a church garden in Williamsport, PA to grace our dining room table on vacation at Edisto Beach, South Carolina. She had a photo shoot on the beach the other morning. I have since googled “how to preserve a pumpkin” in hopes that I can find a way to mummify her for at least the next ten autumn seasons. But I think the best preservation I can hope for is a snapshot.
I spent the month of October rising to meet the challenge of writing a 5-minute blog post every day for 31 days. It’s a goal that jumpstarts my writing, flushes out the clogs of writer’s block, and gives me 31 chances to preserve some 31 things worthwhile.
Through the process, what struck me over and over again, at least 16 out of 31 times, is the truth that sometimes I just don’t know what’s going to come of writing until I get to the final punctuation. I paralyze and discourage myself when I try to control the process and picture from afar. It’s in the nitty-gritty of writing, that middle mess like when I’ve got ground beef under my fingernails from massaging ingredients into a loaf of meatloaf, that it comes together, and I am the conduit, not the creator.
I agonized over Hope and Almost for hours and hours before setting fingers to keyboard. I stared for many dull minutes before pushing myself over the starting line of Joy. I had no idea Bacon would capture the hard and beautiful of parenting a picky eater. I didn’t anticipate Wave being my favorite and maybe most poetic post of the month. I’m glad I had a chance to share Perhaps with my family and preserve the Honor and Worth of extended family. I want Fly to be words remembered long after I’ve finished creating fresh posts. Laugh made me laugh.
Here’s the full list of the month’s challenges and posts: