Today’s doodlewash is a bit of a collaboration between Philippe and I. We were at Trader Joe’s and I spotted pumpkins and then suddenly remembered that it was today’s Doodlewash prompt. Since I wanted to sketch a Halloween pumpkin, I begged him to carve one for me. I was pointing at the medium-sized pumpkins at the front of the store, but neither of us wanted to carry one around the whole time in our shopping bags. As we were nearly finished shopping, we passed the little pie pumpkins and decided this would do just fine. A large carved pumpkin is a bit ridiculous, since we’ve no tricker treaters where we live in the city. And ever since I was a little kid, I never liked that my new jack-o-lantern friend was relegated to the front porch and not hanging out indoors with me. So this happy little guy is now sitting on our dining room table waiting for his candle to be lit later and truly make his debut. It’s been a lovely weekend and it seems fitting that since it started with a candle, it should end with one as well.
Philippe and I always walk through Target on our weekly Trader Joe’s trip. It’s pretty much the only way we celebrate Halloween month, since we don’t attend parties. It’s fun to see all of this year’s costumes and the little contraptions available to purchase. We don’t buy any of it, but just enjoy pressing all of the buttons to see what creepy or silly thing awaits. This was the last weekend to enjoy these things, of course, as Christmas will be taking over as soon as November begins. In truth, Christmas doesn’t really wait for Halloween to end properly anymore here in America and has already been popping up at retail stores. Ready to merrily push all of those pumpkins off the shelf as soon as possible. And I find it all perfectly fun and wonderful, transporting me back to childhood and wonderful times. Though anymore, it’s mostly just Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving still provides a nice opportunity to celebrate in November and a way to practice making the dishes that will inevitably repeat themselves come December.
In our house, of course, our Christmas is a bit more French, so that makes our Thanksgiving dinner rather unique and special. I adore how Philippe and I have combined our traditions and made them something unique to us. During this time of year, I get to relive not only my own childhood, but his as well. And that makes it my absolute favorite time of all. Together, we get to be kids again and enjoy those favorite cherished moments from our youth. He gets to enjoy the fun of carving a pumpkin, something he never experienced before coming here. And I get to enjoy his glee in the process, all the while avoiding sharp objects which I’ve never really mastered. And last night we actually had our much anticipated family popcorn night, enjoying our newest Halloween tradition of watching the fabulous Pixar movie called Coco. A movie that spins a beautiful story of love and family. And as I sit here this evening, I’ve no reason to wait until Thanksgiving to feel truly thankful. Life is a wonderful thing indeed. And in this moment, to verify that’s true, I need only glance over to my dining room table to see that happy little pumpkin.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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