by: Rebecca Taylor
Leaves rustled overhead as Tania Hanson and her daughter Mariah walked outside to their pumpkin patch. It was time to choose one and take it inside to decorate it. Tania had several stencils of cats, leaves, witches and other Halloweeny things that she knew her daughter would enjoy. Tania always liked painted pumpkins better than carved ones because they lasted longer.
“This is so much fun, Mom,” said Mariah.
“I’m glad that you like it, honey,” said Tania, “I’m glad we can do it together.”
“Me too,” said Mariah, “I just wish that Dad could be here to do it with us.”
“He told me he should be home next week and we can skype him to show him what our painted pumpkins look like,” replied Tania.
“Alright,” said Mariah, “I want to paint a special one for him.”
“I think that’s a great idea,” said Tania.
Together the mother and daughter duo selected their pumpkins and then they put them in the wheelbarrow to take them closer to the house.
It was moments like this that Tania lived for. She enjoyed creating special moments with her daughter, and with her husband when he was home. He traveled frequently for business and she didn’t get to see him as much as she would have liked. She, however, didn’t let that get her down. Instead, she felt incredibly blessed that technology kept them connected so that she and Mariah could share their everyday lives with him even when he was away. She knew that his face would light up with a smile and that his blue eyes would twinkle with the love that they carried when he saw what she and Mariah had been up to. Painted pumpkins and hot apple cider, what a better way to spend a Saturday in autumn.