I carved a pumpkin for the first time in my life Sunday. Truly, I never had before.
My young son was feeling sad that he had not yet carved a pumpkin this year with Halloween being right around the corner and all. He’d carved pumpkins with his mother before, but he wanted to carve one with me.
I was a little nervous about it. I know that sounds silly. My son said, “Daddy, it’s easy, you can do it.”
It is something many or perhaps most other people have done. I never have. No real reason I guess; I grew up in the city and maybe that has played a part but I’m also not an artist and it sure looks like it would take one to make a pumpkin look any good.
“I’ll draw the face on the pumpkin for you, Daddy.” He said.
I worried about the knives but he said, “Don’t worry, I’ll take the little one and you can use the big one.”
I honestly (and please don’t laugh too loud) never thought to think what was in a pumpkin and how making it hollow or carving it out must be something that is hard to do. “It’s full of squishy seeds and stuff and we need a bowl to put it in…” he said. He was right; it wasn’t as solid I thought it would be.
We cut and scooped out the pumpkin. “You do this section Daddy, you are stronger, scrape it all out.”
And then… Oh…what a face he drew!
I carved and sculpted and shaped the face. “Careful not to push on the holes while you carve the other holes” he said. Great advice.
I had so much fun. I loved it. It looks really cool and very scary. “You did a great job Daddy.” He said. I was all smiles.
Something about carving this pumpkin meant more to me than I expected.
I thought what a great teacher my son is. He eased my fears and took control when he needed to. He helped me through all the tough parts and even praised me. But in the end gave me something so much more wonderful that I did not readily see it.
He was, in the carving of this pumpkin, being the teacher to me that I want to be, for him.
Later that day on the long ride back to his mother’s house, he put his hand in mine and said “Thanks for carving my pumpkin with me Daddy.”
No son, thank you.
Till next time,
Grow the Business.
Post originally published October 2010