"What's going on, Becca?" I asked.
"Nevermind, just come out and you'll see."
"I bought some pumpkins for carving!" Becca exclaimed triumphantly,
"But, I thought we didn't celebrate Halloween?" inquired Kirsten.
"Well, we don't," she explained, "but I thought it'd be fun anyway. Besides, Halloween is over, this is just for funsies!"
"Sounds good to me!" I laughed, "I'll help Kirsten carve the little pumpkin if you want the big one."
"What do we do first, Becca?" Kirsten asked.
"First we have to cut the tops off so that we can scoop out the insides, and then we can carve something on! Just start like this," and Becca began cutting around the stem of her pumpkin.
"It takes a little while to get all the way around," she explained, "but once you do, you can pop the top off just like - this!" And the top of her pumpkin came right off!
Then, Kirsten began cutting open our little pumpkin, while Rebecca scooped out hers.
"Charlotte, would you mind getting our large pot? I don't think this little pail will be big enough for the seeds."
"Sure, but why do you want the seeds? It's far too cold for growing anything."
"I can toast them in the oven with spices; I've read all about it, they're suppose to be delicious!"
When I came back, Kirsten had removed the top of her pumpkin.
"Oooh, it's so gooey!" Kirsten exclaimed, pulling out the pumpkin guts.
"And rather stinky, too," I added.
"Do you think it's stinky?" Becca asked, "I rather like the smell; it smells like fall to me."
"Oh, Becca!" Kirsten laughed, "He'll look like Pa Grape!"
"Hehe, maybe he will," I chuckled, running over to see how Becca's pumpkin was coming along.
"Hey, you're right! I guess I made his mustache just right."
"Charlotte, what do you think our face should look like?" asked Kirsten.
"Hm, why don't you make him a laughing face?"
"Well, he doesn't quite look like he's laughing, but he does look rather pleasant," she said after a short silence, in which she had been carving.
"I think he looks pretty good," I affirmed.
Then, cold, tired, and laughing, we all picked up our stuff and returned home to eat pumpkin seeds and admire our silly work.