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October 30, 2012

What to say when pumpkin is ruined

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NORMAN —

One father begins with a great idea for his pumpkin. He draws the perfect spider on the side then he carves a spider body. The knife slips and the spider legs became detached. He changes to a toothless Jack.

His kids rush in to check his progress.

“That’s nice,” his son comments. “But what is it?”

“It’s a jack o’ lantern. Can’t you tell?” the daughter says. “He just forgot his teeth like Grandmother does sometimes.”

One of their neighbors makes the perfect jack o’ lantern — three weeks early. “Jack” starts to fade two days before the main event. Mom “doctors” the poor thing with primer from their last paint job. Mercifully, Jack hangs around until Halloween.

A neighbor “trick or treating” with her children comments: “I like that scent. What are you using in your pumpkin? Is it potpourri? Pumpkin spice?”

“Oh, that’s a brand new scent,” the woman says. “It’s a mixture of pumpkin and prime. You can’t find it just anywhere.”

Create a little magic. Halloween isn’t just the favorite holiday for many parents and children. It’s also the favorite time of year for ghouls, zombies, ghosts from all generations and wannabe werewolves.

Retired journalism professor Shirley Ramsey lives in Norman.

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