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The (not-so) Good Mother

At first glance, you would think this is a story about a fun bonding experience I enjoyed with my son and the initiative I took to create a nurturing, imaginative environment.

HO-HO-HO-HO! Boy, do I have you fooled!

So here’s the real story. Griffin brought a note home on Friday telling us to bring a pumpkin to school for a fun project the next week (no specific day was given). I finally made it to the store on Tuesday morning and bought a small pumpkin for him to take to class the next day. Only he came home on Tuesday afternoon and informed me that they already did their pumpkin project that day.

Hmmph. Then he asks me if we can carve the pumpkin. I hesitated, but eventually relented. Griffin drew a face on said pumpkin, we cut a hole in the top and removed all the goo and seeds.

Then he asks to toast the seeds. OK, I can do that. (Um, how is that done?)

And then he wants to plant the seeds. I am about to launch into all the reasons why pumpkin seeds will not grow in our yard and how that is not a good idea…but he’s getting whiny and rambunctious and needing to run around.


“SURE! Go plant the seeds! Here’s a shovel! Knock yourself out!” (just please go away and get out of my hair!) So he spent a good hour outside in the flower beds (actually, they’re more like mulch beds) digging holes and planting seeds.

I’ll let you know when my Mother of the Year trophy arrives!


3 thoughts on “The (not-so) Good Mother

  1. Well, color me impressed!! I can’t wait to see pictures of your pumpkin patch growing next year!! :)You can totally make a great scrapbook page with these great photos! And really, isn’t that what it is all about anyway? 🙂

  2. HA!!!! You are hilarious, Jennifer!As always, I totally appreciate your complete honesty. But, I agree with the Dukes…you are too hard on yourself. Sounds like Griffin had a great time with his mom, a pumpkin, and some dirt! :)Love,Jen

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