Last Spring my perfect grandson Jakob and I started a little vegetable garden in our backyard. We planted lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans, acorn squash, radishes and even more. But when I carefully laid out all the seed packets on the picnic table and told him a little bit about each kind of plant you know which one really grabbed his attention? The pumpkin seeds. He was SO excited to plant his own pumpkin seeds and those were the seedlings that he watched most carefully. The rest of the plants were fine and couple were even kinda cool but those pumpkins were the ones that he took under his little wing and nurtured all summer long. Those were the plants he'd drag anyone willing to come over and admire. Those pumpkin plants were his. Period.
Today he finally got to reap the fruits of his labor as we harvested our four pumpkins and turned them into jack-o-lanterns for the upcoming holiday. He was so pleased with himself and he brought me so much joy with his simple excitement. He's already talking about planting next years pumpkins.