As long as I can remember, the first appearance of pumpkins in the grocery stores in the fall, always makes me giddy. They herald my favorite season and you just can’t look at a pumpkin and be unhappy.
In better times, before my 401 K became a 201K, I would buy dozens of pumpkins and place them on my porch and in my yard. This year they were were so expensive I only bought two.
TWO PUMPKINS. I felt like the old woman who lived in the shoe. I figured I could buy two tubes of toothpaste and a weeks worth of catfood for the price of one pumpkin. My stray cat, Smirk, needs to eat, and I do need to keep my teeth, since I paid all that money for braces. An old woman with braces is pretty pathetic… but hopeful, don’t you think?
Tonight, I had to run over to the Jiggly Wiggly to pick up a pound of coffee. I was stunned to find that the pumpkins which cost $3.99 yesterday are 99 cents today. What happened? What changed? What did I miss?
I loaded my cart with pumpkins, and raced to the check out counter.
The heck with toothpaste. I can use baking powder. And Smirk, can eat tuna. My favorite season has finally begun.