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A sad pumpkin
By Bianca Boonstra
Sunday, October 19, 2003

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A Sad Pumpkin

He was placed right beside the front door of a house. A large pumpkin he was, and the cats that passed by him laughed and called him names. That had a negative impact on his mood. Mostly in the night, when everyone was asleep, the pumpkin cried. Not even the stars and the moon were able to comfort him. In the end he was so tired, that he fell asleep. The wind touched his skin and comforted him, the falling leaves sounded like a lullaby. The pumpkin fell into a deep sleep.

That was the moment Harry, the Pumpkin Elf was waiting for. His assignment was to scare the cats away from the sad pumpkin. They had to shut up, that is what the King of the Pumpkin Elves decided. Otherwise an army of pumpkin elves would come to teach the cats a lesson.

The sad pumpkin slept for about an hour and a half. Suddenly he woke up, he smelled the scent of a cat. Tears came in his eyes, but he didn’t speak.

“Fat pumpkin, you’ll never make it to get to the Halloween party”, the cat whispered.

Harry jumped and grabbed the cat on his neck.

“And you, get away! Far away! Otherwise I am going to chase you through the country.”

“Who are you? And why are you sitting on my neck?” the cat responded.

“I am Harry, the Pumpkin Elf. I was sent here by the King of the Pumpkin Elves to warn you. Leave the sad pumpkin alone, otherwise you’ll be changed into a pumpkin yourself.”

The cat jumped in strange ways, to get rid of Harry. He didn’t succeed.

“Okay! I’ll let the sad pumpkin be. I’ll also warn the other cats. I don’t want to be changed into a pumpkin!”

Harry jumped off the cat and the cat ran away, as fast as his feet could carry him.
His work wasn’t finished yet. He had to prepare the sad pumpkin for the Halloween Parade. And he, the sad pumpkin would be the guest of honor.

He had to walk back to the sad pumpkin. There Harry found him, talking to a small family of mice. Tears were streaming over his cheeks, this time not from sadness.
Finally, someone stood up for him and helped him get rid of the cats.

Harry talked to the mice and with permission they prepared the sad pumpkin for the Halloween parade. When they were ready, two black eyes were visible, not to mention a large grin. The pumpkin even managed to laugh…first a bit shy, then louder and louder.

The wind was silenced by this laughter and the leaves were blown away. Sadness made place for happiness. Even the cats, curious as they were came and saw the pumpkin laugh. They passed by and apologized for their bad behavior. The sad pumpkin accepted their apologies with a smile.

The night of the Halloween Parade came. All the animals were gathered before King Elf and his entire nation of Pumpkin Elves. Harry waved and winked to the sad pumpkin, who was the guest of honor. He carried a light inside and was the scariest pumpkin of that evening. The animals passed by the King and his guest, accompanied by the Pumpkin Elven Brass Band, they were playing happy tunes. The parade ended, when the lights of the moon and the stars faded, to make place for a new day.

On that new day I went out, and found the sad pumpkin lying in the grass, asleep…with a smile on his face.

The end.


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Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 10/21/2003
Wonderful children's story. It is delightful and will be included in the Brookston...for sure!
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery 10/20/2003
I enjoyed this so much, Bianca. I'm glad that Trish's words led me here to read this. And BTW Ron's illustration is perfect for this!!!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/20/2003
Liked this very much. Hooray for the Sad Pumpkin!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 10/19/2003
Hee, hee, I really loved this one. You are great with these stories Bianca. I wonder what harry looks like? Maybe I could do a sketch of Harry on the cats neck, and sad pumpkin there too. I know your children love your stories. Much love for a very talented you.
Happy Pumkin Day!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/19/2003
Very cute children's story.

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