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Sunday, October 25, 2009

October Memories


Every October when I see the piles of pumpkins at curbside markets, my mind and heart races back to a wonderful time in my life. I was a new divorcee and one of my first dates was with a delightful younger man. He was clay artisan, a talented potter, shy, blond and very attractive. We were exhibiting at the same art festival. At breakdown time, he approached me and asked if I wanted to join him for a snack and then see something wonderful. Who could resist such an offer? All through our meal, I kept asking what it was he wanted to show me. He would grin slyly and say, “It’s a surprise and it’s not here!” We popped into his van and drove out to the countryside. The sun was just fading to a sunset and then I saw it! A field rippling with colors of gold and orange created by hundreds of pumpkins! Never had I seen so many. The setting sun enhanced the colors and drama of it all. I was astounded! The scene and my date made a lasting impression on me. He picked out a small pumpkin, purchased it and gave it to me, saying, “This is something to remember our date.” Our paths went different ways after that, but I kept the stem of the little pumpkin in a small, decorated Altroids tin box. I recently rediscovered the pumpkin stem and decided to do this digital collage in memory of the occasion.

10 comments:

  1. Is it not wonderful when one rediscovers a treasure and so lives a memory as if it were just yesterday. I am happy that you have saved the stem, if you had not, the even might have been lost and we, your audience would not have been any richer.

    Thank you for sharing
    Egmont

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  2. You are so right Egmont, small things like a saved pumpkin stem, enrich our lives in many ways. Thank you for your kind words. I am honored.

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  3. Wonderful piece! The composition is strong and it evokes a feeling of autumn and mystery.

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  4. Thank you Kathy. I guess the feelings behind the piece helped :O)

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  5. What a great remembrance and a such fine positive work that flowed from the experience...my best.

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  6. Thank you John for your lovely comment.
    Eva

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  7. What a yummy story Eva. It sure beats come and see my etchings!

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  8. Thank you Suzanne. BTW, it's always a treat to see your beautiful etchings and collagraphs and to read about them and what you're up to.
    Eva

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