What does October bring? Orange colors everywhere including my Jack O Lantern on my front porch.
Here's a cute vintage jack o lantern card I have in my collection.
I prefer my jack o lanterns to have smiling faces and not scary ones.
A cute poem I found on google
Oh--fruit loved of boyhood! - the old days calling.
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces were carved into its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!! written by John Greenleaf Whitter in 1807. From Wickipedia: The custom of making Jack O Lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland. Many gourds could be used to make lanterns. The lanterns were variously said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings or were used to ward off evil spirits. Also it was suggested that jack-o-lanterns originally represented Christian souls in pergatory.
Regardless of the origin it's just fun to carve out faces and let them shine bright on your doorstep.
We were driving in a different neighborhood this week taking our car into the shop. YUK on that.
I noticed this darling display and the homeowner was actually outside. I told him how much I adored all the characters and could I take a picture. I think he was proud and delighted.
It just makes me smile seeing all the cute among the spookie!! He shared that his baby granddaughter loves it too and said "come back at Christmas and see what I have".
I love the "little boo's".
October is well under way and I love this season!!
This past Sunday our nation lost David Patterson, one of the Navajo Code Talkers from WW11. He lived in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and was 94.
During WWII he served with a group of around 400 other Navajo's who signaled soldiers in the field with a secret code. They radioed over 800 messages using Navajo language The code was NEVER deciphered by the enemy. He enlisted in 1943 and was discharged in 1945. He received a congregational silver medal of honor.
Major Howard Conner, signal officer said in November 6, 2008 "If were not the Navajo's the marines would have never taken Iwo Jima".
He is one of my hero's for sure--proud of his service.