Signs of Fall

by jkatejohnston

23 September 2013

Dear Max

I got him the motherfucking pumpkin. It wasn’t even a pie pumpkin, and I had big plans to surreptitiously substitute the canned pumpkin for the fresh, but when we opened the pumpkin and I started scooping out the stringy, slippery seeds he said, “Oh gross! I am totally going to barf.”

(He’s so fastidious. What ever happened to worms and snails and puppy dog tails? This goes right along with the fact that I have to bait his hooks with live squirming worms when we go fishing.)

Anyway, he agreed to use canned pumpkin for the pie. We made the fresh one into a jack-o-lantern, accessorized with an eight-inch chef knife sticking out of the side of its head.

The pie turned out great. Teresa came home. And last night we slept with a comforter over the sheet. And yesterday I wore jeans all day long, and it didn’t get hot until the afternoon. And right now I have a fleece blanket wrapped around me, though all the living windows are wide open in the early morning dark.

I explained Indian Summer to Enzo, realizing as I was speaking that I had no idea what it really means, other than hot dry fall weather, and wondering if perhaps it might be a tad racist. But why?

Must add that yesterday I taught one of Enzo’s friends to ride a bike, a fact that still makes me ridiculously happy. 

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