Every family has its holiday traditions. One of our was that my dad would carve pumpkins for Halloween. They were always different but you could tell which ones he made. They tended to feature geometric shapes, like spherical eyes or an elongated cube for a nose. And they always had a lot of character. He didn’t really talk much while carving them (actually, he didn’t talk a whole lot in general), but my brother and I learned from him. He didn’t just carve a face onto a pumpkin, he carved the pumpkin into a face. It’s a subtle distinction. His pumpkins were characters, not just a medium to carve an image onto.
Our dad passed away years ago but my brother and I continued the tradition of carving pumpkins. Paul’s pumpkins are much closer in style to our dad’s. I was trying to carve mine to look like a specific face. I’m not completely satisfied as it looks more like a carving on a pumpkin than a pumpkin with a face. But it’s a pretty decent resemblence. Recognize him? Here’s a hint.