Carving Pumpkins

Plenty of dollhouse progress, but for a change that’s not what I’m posting about (so maybe tomorrow for that). This afternoon we went to a Halloween party at Nefarious’s school (hopefully Caitlin posts a picture of her amazing costume) at which we carved pumpkins. Here’s a picture of the two that we did, left being Nefarious’s, and right being mine. There were plenty of aweful parents for me to complain about including one that I’ll mention — I told Nefarious to make sure she did a good job finishing up her pumpkin in case there was a contest, and this parent upon overhearing me loudly said to their kid, “Don’t worry Tommy, there won’t be a contest because everyone here is a winner.”

Way to go killing off drive to be best and even just work ethic in your kid. Like it or not, there are winners in real life, and given the choice (which we are given), you’re probably better off aiming to be one. The attitude that one should just relax, and do a piss-poor job if that’s what you feel like that day (because that’s all it takes to be #1, along with everyone else), and then trying to apply that life ethic when you leave the nest is the surest way to find yourself deeply disappointed with your meh-themed life. Anyway… more pumpkin pictures after the break.

Oh and in my defense, the pumpkin was unexpectedly really thin-skinned, so I only had to go down half an inch to hit spaghetti filling. So I was unable to add any real detail — even doing what I did was very difficult and had the face on the edge of caving in. It looks a lot lamer than what I’d pictured in my mind, but it did impress some of the kids (and really that seems like my primary goal these days).


  1. Rebekah wrote:

    Your thin-skinned one reminds me of Iron Maiden Eddie!

    Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 5:33 am | Permalink
  2. DON wrote:

    An excellent point about the value of the “always do your best” ethic: something my mother always drummed into me as a child.

    Unfortunately, here in the UK at least, schools are some of the worst offenders at settling for constant mediocrity and failing to recognize the importance of doing anything well. It’s grossly unfair on bright kids who get no motivation out of their education, and it spawns a whole generation who think it’s cool to just mess around at school, and as a result end up achieving nothing as adults.

    Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 10:07 am | Permalink
  3. Steph wrote:

    Christ some parents suck and blow things out of proportion and don’t see the overall big picture of things.

    I like your pumpkins, they both look great!\Ari looks adorable :)

    Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  4. Dawn-Marie wrote:

    everyone is a winner = no child left behind.

    If nobody can win, everyone looses.

    Nice carving. I think that’s my favorite part of Halloween :)

    Monday, November 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

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