Autumn Offering

Sam was deliberate.

Oblivious to the stares of the other shoppers, the piped in elevator music and even the harsh overhead lighting she handled each one,  grabbing it by the stalk, tipping it over to inspect its round bottom and then balancing it the palm of her hand to contemplate its merit.

They had to be perfect.

Her phone chimed but she ignored it as she worked her way through the choices.  It began to ring and she tapped the dismiss button, annoyed now.

She was talking to herself and making a disgusted face at one particularly ugly selection when the Droid went off again. Dropping the gourd she tapped an icon and typed swiftly, “I love to spoil them “and then barely hit send before turning off the sound and dropping the phone in her cavernous purse.

Sam remembered Daddy bringing their special Halloween surprises home as she tapped her booted foot. “The choice should be simple” he’d say as he plopped them on the dining room table, turning their painted smiles to their delighted faces. “Don’t make it harder than it has to be.”

Mixing up the memories, she realized he wasn’t referring to the gifts. He was reminding his daughters to go with their guts.

Sam closed her eyes , opened them and focused on two silly faces and set them gently in her cart so they were sitting where a child would, grinning up at her.

Her nephews would love these and even with him gone all these years, her father’s tradition was still her favorite part of Fall.




*Inspired by the actual Fall tradition my daddy had of buying us Painted Pumpkins every year. My sister Dana, Aunt & Godmother extraordinaire, continues  the custom for her nephews. Love her so.*


This is for Studio 30Plus:



This week, we borrow from Nonamedufus and his self-titled blog, “Taught By My Example.”

“I love to spoil them.” and/or “tradition”

The word for the 100 Word Challenge at Velvet Verbosity (even though I completely ignored the word limit)


Velvet Verbosity Writing Prompt

The prompt at The Light & Shade Challenge

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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)



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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. I love those painted pumpkins but I refuse to buy them…a pumpkin needs to be sliced and diced 😉
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  2. The thought of traditions – there’s so little to light the autumn dirge, so why not painted pumpkins.. Going with your gut is often a good advice..

  3. What a nice tradition (and story)! Enjoyed it.
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  4. I kind of miss carving Halloween pumpkins with my kids. It’s been years since we decorated.
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  5. “Even though I completely ignored the word limit.” Haha!

    Wait, I did warn you about what happens when you ignore the word limit, right? 😛

    P.S. Did you get my message on Etsy?
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  6. That’s such a great tradition. Good on you for continuing it. Thanks fr sharing.
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  7. Sweet story. Love the tradition. :)
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  8. That is not only a sweet tradition. It is also fantastic advice.
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  9. What a beautiful story.
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  10. I love this tradition and have incorporated it into our own practice!
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  11. Awwww. I LOVE this. That first full paragraph in particular is so descriptive.
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