Inspirational Thursday-Fall Memories

October 16, 2013

It seems as though it was just a few years ago that I was anxiously

anticipating Halloween as a child. Time has slipped by very quickly 

and as I was setting up our cheery little Halloween display memories 

of a very special Halloween season flooded through me. 

When you are eight years old and have big plans to harvest 

pumpkins when you get home from school, the long ride on an old 

yellow school bus on a dusty, bumpy dirt road can seem like an 


Remembering the joy I felt when the school bus finally arrived to 

our little red brick house, where love and pumpkins grew! Leaping 

down the bus steps with all of my might and being so thrilled to see 

that my Mother had the best cardboard skeleton from Woolworths 

hanging on our front door.

Life just didn't get any better than that, except for the pumpkin crop

that year. Halloween just isn't Halloween without pumpkins and the 

bumper crop of pumpkins that we had that year made me so proud. 

We watched over those pumpkins as if they were babies.  There 

had been several nights that they had to be covered with old quilts to

protect them from a light freeze.

Then the time came, they had turned a beautiful orange and were

ready to harvest.  We had so many pumpkins that Momma drove 

the car around to our little pumpkin patch. Fifty or more pumpkins

were picked and loaded into the trunk of Momma's car.

The sweet smell of country air, a full moon, the sound of a flock of

geese, pure excitement of taking our precious load of pumpkins to 

town to sell to our little local market is a vivid, happy and beautiful

memory for me.

Wishing you a week with memories which bring you joy, peace,

laughter and perhaps a smile...

"Memory is a way of holding onto things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~ From The Wonder Years

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  1. I love this, Jemma. It sounds like a story that would accompany a Norman Rockwell image. What sweet memories you have. One of my fondest memories is when my oldest was in kindergarten. They had planted a seed in a plastic cup and watched as a little sprout popped up. She brought it home and we planted it near our flowers never dreaming it would ever become pumpkins. It grew and spread and uprooted flowers and in October we had three large pumpkins. The picture of her proud face and her one year old sister's glee comes out every October to relive this fun time. Love special memories from childhood! Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are special memories indeed. I can relate to it very well having also grown up in the country. Back when the geese actually flew south, and to hear their honking overhead was the good-bye call of summer. I can picture your memories as clearly as if they were my own. Wendy x

  3. So sweet Jemma, took me back to my own childhood when one of the highlights was going to the apple stand for fresh apple cider! Your pumpkin display is adorable!

  4. Hi Jemma, so nice to meet you on your blog. And thank you so much for the heartfelt comment. Blogging is a journey, and it's wonderful to be able to stop and take a look back at the path we have tread.

    I took a peek at your Pinterest site, and am following some of your boards...thought you might like to know.


  5. I loved Halloween as a child too! I couldn't decide if my favorite holiday was Halloween or Christmas, that's how much I loved it. I would have nightmares that I missed trick-or-treating, that I would go to bed on Oct 30 and wake up Nov 1st. Your post made me think of my love for Halloween as a child. Thanks!

  6. Jemma, you do bring back wonderful memories. What a pretty display, the pumpkins and flowers are lovely. Have a great evening!

  7. Well no wonder you love this season so much and have such a flair for decorating with all things fall....This is the sweetest story; I loved reading it...And by the way, your decoration in these shots are just beautiful.

  8. "Memory is a way of holding onto things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~ From The Wonder Years I have never heard that quote before it's excellent. I suppose the reverse is true as well. If you don't have a memory of the past - you probably want to lose it.

    I'm digressing - I love your memories of your past and I love your Halloween/Fall decorations - first class!


  9. Jemma, I loved reading about your childhood memories. Aren't they precious? Your autumn lawn decorations are so cute and creative. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hi! I so enjoyed reading about your childhood during that one autumn! I remember coming home from the school bus too, excited to see how the house would be decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving or to see the house light up with beautiful christmas lights. Thank you for sharing and cute pumpkin display too :)

  11. What a special Halloween/Autumn memory Jemma -- you described it so well. :)

  12. Such happy memories! And I love your photos that go along with the post. So pretty!

    Visiting from Tuesday Muse :)

  13. Melinda, I too have such fond memories of Halloween. Mom always made it a special occasion and we would trick or threat till we brought home a pillow case full. Loved hearing your fun story about the pumpkins. Your display is so fun! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  14. Lovely seasonal display.

  15. A wonderful story, with the happiness and excitement of magical, childhood memories, with which most of us can relate to, remembering the sweetness of this season and the loved ones who seasoned it for us.

    Thanks for sharing. Your images made me smile and illustrated your words with whimsy and fun.


  16. Loved this..... what a neat experience to grow up on a farm I can't even imagine how fantastic that must have been. I love that last quote you included. Perfection!!


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