Hello campbellsworld visitors, and welcome to another WordPress Wednesday.
Though Halloween has passed, the wonderful stories of family celebrations keep trickling in.
Today we’ve author Jo E. Pinto with a truly terrific tale.
Here she is to tell you all about hers and her daughter’s pumpkin experience.
My sixth grader has just carved her signature kitty cat pumpkin, which she does every year. We’re running a little late. She usually carves it a day or two before Halloween. But she was too busy enjoying her day off from school yesterday, making snow angels and having snowball fights with the neighborhood kids. So her dad drew a simple pattern on the pumpkin this morning before he went to work, and her grandpa cut the top off when he stopped by to pick up some outgoing mail for me this afternoon.
My daughter asked me to dig out the innards of the pumpkin when she got home from school. She’s always been squeamish about slimy, smelly punpkin guts. I didn’t do the entire job for her. But since we were in a bit of a time crunch and I wanted to try roasting the seeds this year, I got the process started. Once I’d taken the stringy seeds and pulp out of the shell with my hands, she scraped down the walls and floor of the pumpkin with a spoon.
I roasted the pumpkin seeds at 325 degrees for twenty minutes on a jellyroll pan, coated with a little vegetable oil, salt, and garlic powder. I knew the seeds were done when they were crispy and easy to chew. The first one I ate tasted strange to me, but the flavor grew on me right away. I can’t stop eating the addictive snack. That might be a good thing, considering that the candy haul will soon roll in. Roasted pumpkin seeds are high in potassium, among other nutrients. Chocolate may be good for the soul, but I haven’t seen any research claiming its vitamin or mineral benefits.
Anyway,my daughter altered the simple jack-o’-lantern face her dad had drawn on her pumpkin to include ears and whiskers. She looked for the pumpkin carving tool. I told her right where it was, but she couldn’t find it, so she started using a big bread knife. I found the pumpkin carving tool, which has a short handle that fits between the fingers and a serrated blade. The tool was right where I expected it to be, in the hindmost recesses of the silverware drawer with the extra birthday candles and the stray salt packets from bygone fast food orders.
“Mom, the eyes in the back of your head work better than everybody else’s front ones,” my little girl said gratefully. She laid aside the bread knife, which I was just as glad to have her discard in favor of the safer pumpkin-carving tool. She was very proud of the first pumpkin she’d ever created all by herself. Well, sort of almost all by herself.
It really does take a village to raise a child.
ABOUT JO AND HER WORK…
NEW RELEASE 2019
DADDY WON’T LET MOM DRIVE THE CAR: TRUE TALES OF PARENTING IN THE DARK
BY: JO ELIZABETH PINTO (COPYRIGHT 2019)
“So Sarah?” the teacher asked, in a question I had rehearsed with her, “what’s it like to have a blind mom?”
“Well,” my little girl said, in an unrehearsed answer, “it’s like a regular mom, except Daddy won’t let her drive his car.”
With that nonchalant reply in front of her second grade class, Sarah summed up the way my blindness has fit into the fabric of our family. It isn’t a problem; it isn’t even a novelty; it’s just part of how we roll. My blindness has changed a few practical logistics. But in the end, kids are kids and moms are moms, and the dents and delights of parenthood are universal. As I told my daughter when she was very small, putting an only slightly different spin on the words my mom had said to me thirty years before, “The eyes in my face are broken, but the ones in the back of my head work just fine.”
COVER DESCRIPTION (FOR VISUALLY CHALLENGED READERS)
The title, “Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car” appears at the top, and “True Tales of Parenting in the Dark” and the author and illustrator names “Jo Elizabeth Pinto” and “N. Page” are written in the cement squares of the driveway. The family car is backing out of the driveway. Dad is standing by, looking half amused and half distressed. A cat is on the other side of the car, with an arched back and a puffy tail. Under one tire, some daisies are squashed and others are flying. The license plate says, “Blind101” and a bumper sticker says, “Mom Power.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HER OTHER WORK
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame
for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works
as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational
Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place
for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.”
What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s
grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable
intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future.
Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes
all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
To buy her books please visit: http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto
For interviews and more visit her Author Website: http://www.brightsideauthor.com.
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