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What a wacky pumpkin

Posted by Kristen on October 27, 2008 at 4:48 PM in Kristen
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Yesterday we went pumpkin picking. OK, so we are a little late but it is still five days until Halloween.

Everyone else in the family got a boring ol' orange pumpkin. I waited patiently while Ethan searched for his perfect pumpkin.

This was his pumpkin.

Another little boy in the patch mocked his choice. He said that everyone KNOWS you are supposed to pick the pumpkin just like all the rest of the pumpkins. Ethan didn't care. At the end of the day, he has his very own all-original pumpkin. For all my tough days with this child of mine, I find it refreshing that he has thoughts of his very own. That he does not fear being different yet. That he can actually think for himself. That he knows what he wants. That he happily carried his weird pumpkin right out of that patch. That I felt pride in my son for making his own choices, not parroting mine. I imagine it's only a short time before he falls victim to feeling the need to be like everyone else and pick the pumpkin that everyone else tells him is the pumpkin he should choose.

I wish I could keep this pumpkin and this boy just like this forever.


Dave writes...

Good for him! That's definitely one more great reason to be proud of him, Kris. Thanks for posting that photo!

Kayla writes...

I don't believe in him ever changing.

In fact, I think the more they tell him to be like everyone else, the less he will be.

jen lemen writes...

oh that is so great. i love how proud he looks in this pic!

patience writes...

I love that kid! He is so awesome...

Carla Sonheim writes...

Take heart! My 13-year-old son would STILL pick that pumpkin... he's in 8th grade now and still has not "conformed" (at least not much)... he is still the same quirky kid he always was!!!

John writes...

What a smile!

Jennifer writes...

knowing that the things that made my daughter a very challenging 3yo would also make her a fantastic adult saved my sanity that year. She's still marches to the beat of her own drummer and I'm also benefiting from a few years of maturity (she's 6 now)

Jennifer writes...

Good for him... I think you are so proudĀ  of him... I want to know how was your HALLOWEEN?

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