Friday, October 3, 2008

Is that really a pumpkin?

‘Beauty is no quality in things themselves:
It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.’
-David Hume
I was always told 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder.'
The minute I saw it, the bumpy pumpkin, as it has been since named, I knew I had to have it. I was really attracted to it.
He said, "Is that really a pumpkin? It's so ugly! It looks more like a Chinese Shar-Pei than a pumpkin. Look at all these normal ones ... orange, smooth, perfect for carving."
Realizing I was oddly attracted to its ugly-beauty, and perhaps trying to redeem his insult to the unusual ghourd, he placed it in my cart and said, "it's, tell me what you are going to do with it."
I beamed like a child that had just opened a much-wanted Christmas gift. Rubbing my hands over its peculiar, pitted surface I replied, "it will be the centerpiece on the kitchen will usher in this season with its natural one-of-kind beauty."
Now I realize being a Halloween baby, (yes, I was born on Halloween) and being naturally drawn to Fall traditions and the sort, one might expect I would decorate my home according to this season. You would be correct in your assumption. However, this Fall I have minimalized the excessive decorations and gone for a more natural approach. The bumpy pumpkin is perfect for my theme.
I thought about why the bumpy pumpkin attracted me. I came to a conclusion. It's about being different, diverse. dissimilar. Not being a carbon copy. Being who you are ... even if you are just a bumpy pumpkin.
Now that's real beauty.

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