Pumpkin Season

 A Story by Tallant Burley 

Thomas loved the summer. He loved long walks in the thick warm air. He loved running on the beach and getting sand in his toes.  But, mostly he loved chasing fireflies with his dad after dinner and then letting the freshly caught bugs bounce around in his jar, lighting up the table as he ate s’mores.

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But, one day Thomas noticed the fireflies were gone.

“Daddy? Why aren’t there any fireflies for my jar?” said Thomas.

“Well,” said Daddy, “because it’s not firefly season anymore. It’s fall now. Fireflies don’t like the fall.”

“I don’t like the fall either,” said Thomas

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In fact, Thomas realized he didn’t like the fall at all. He couldn’t take walks without wearing a coat, it was too cold and rainy. He couldn’t go to the beach, mom said he was sure to catch something called “pneumonia.” Thomas didn’t know what “pneumonia” was but it sounded scary. Most importantly, there were no fireflies to catch. No fireflies to light up the table made it too dark to sit and eat s’mores.

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Thomas got up one fall morning. He was cold. He hated the cold. He hated the rain…

                        It was raining again.

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“We’re going to have so much fun today,” said Thomas’ mom.

“Mom,” said Thomas, “It’s fall! You can’t have fun in the fall!”

“Really? No fun at all?” said his mom.

“Nope, none,” said Thomas.

“I think you’ll find out that fall is tons of fun,” said mom

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After breakfast, Thomas helped his mom rake up all the leaves in the yard.

Red leaves,

Orange leaves,

Yellow leaves,

Even brown leaves

They raked them into one huge pile

Then…

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 …they jumped in them! And threw them and rolled round and round in them.

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Thomas laughed and laughed.

“That was fun wasn’t it?” said his mom.

“I guess,” said Thomas “But I still don’t like fall”.

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Later that day Thomas and his mom went to a pumpkin patch.

Thomas had never seen so many pumpkins.

Some were twice his size. He tried picking up the biggest one he saw. It didn’t move.

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They went and picked their own apples. Thomas ate a couple when no one was looking. They were the 2 best apples he ever ate.

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After they picked as many apples as they could, they took a hayride in a cart pulled by a horse.

Thomas liked it when the cart hit a bump…

…he went flying in the air.

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When the hayride was over, they went into the corn maze. Thomas and his mom raced. Who ever got to the center first won.

They zigged…

…and zagged

…they hit dead ends

But finally they reached the end of the maze.

Right at the very end Thomas’ mom tripped…

                                      So he won.

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“That was fun wasn’t it?” said Thomas’ mom.

“Yeah,” said Thomas “But not as fun as summer.”

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When they got home Thomas’ mom started to lay out newspaper on the floor.

“Mommy, what are you doing?” said Thomas.

“We’re going to carve our pumpkins,” she said.

And they did.

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They cut a circle out of the top of the pumpkin.

Then with a spoon they scooped out the inside of the pumpkin, until it was smooth.

Thomas preferred using his hands…

Then Thomas drew a face on the pumpkin and Mommy took a knife and carved the face into the pumpkin.

“When it’s dark we’ll put a candle in it and put it outside to light up the front porch,” said mom.

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“Now it’s time to put on your costume,” said mom.

Mommy pulled out a sheet with 3 holes in it and pulled it over Thomas’ head.

“See,” said mom, “you’re a ghost.”

“Boo!” said Thomas

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When Daddy got home he and Thomas went door to door. At each house he’d go up, ring the doorbell and say “Trick or Treat” and get a piece of candy.

There were lots of other kids too. All dressed up…

                                            Princesses, pumpkins, ladybugs, vampires.

                                                                   One kid was even dressed as a mummy

                                                                                   with toilet paper covering every part of his body.

All the houses were decorated too. Some just with pumpkins. Some with spider webs. But, the scariest house had a talking skeleton.

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Once Thomas filled up his bucket with as much candy as he could fit, he and daddy went home.

Mommy let him have 2 pieces of candy…

When she wasn’t looking

He took as third.

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“Wasn’t that fun?” asked mom.

“Yes,” said Thomas, “almost as much fun as summer.”

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Then Thomas and Daddy went and sat outside on the porch lit by the pumpkins and watched the other trick-or-treaters.

Slowly fewer and fewer kids walked by…

So Thomas and Daddy watched the stars instead, it was Thomas’ favorite part of the night

Soon Mommy came to get Thomas for bed

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“Did you have fun today,” said Mommy.

“Yes!” said Thomas, “It was the most fun I’ve ever had! Can we sit with the pumpkins and watch the stars every night?”

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So every night Thomas and daddy lit the pumpkins, sat on the porch and watched the stars.

But slowly, the pumpkins started to wilt and the candles grew smaller and smaller, and finally one night the pumpkins were gone.

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“Daddy? Why are the pumpkins gone?” said Thomas.

“Well,” said Daddy, “because it’s not pumpkin season anymore. It’s winter now. Pumpkins don’t like winter.”

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“I don’t like winter either,” said Thomas.

The End

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