Why do I write???? Hmmm, where do I start??
1) Writing is very therapeutic to me. When I was younger I would write notes to myself; I would tell myself all the things “I” was feeling and what I should or should not do in school. (kind of funny to go back and read those notes---yes, I still have some of them). After my mom died, I would write in my journal about my emotions….when I was angry, sad, happy, crying (as a matter of fact, there are a couple of pages that have dried tear stains on them) about her death, I would “write it out”. I would write my mom letters and tell her everything I wanted to say; tell her about the kids. It was (still is) my way of communicating with her. Now, with blogging, my writing is therapeutic….a way to get it out, express my feelings, so they aren’t bottled up inside!!
2) Writing is a way to keep memories. I have scrapbooks from growing up, where I’d put pictures, movie tickets, pamphlets, cards etc…and I would write about everything associated with that memory. Each of my children has a very detailed baby book, where I write everything and anything that happened to them growing up… I’m more detailed about their younger years…but I will actually still write stuff in my 10 and 12 year old’s books. Even though I have tons and tons of pictures, I still write about each one (you know in the photo albums, next to the picture, there are a few lines--- I fill them up).
3) Writing is a way to communicate. Back in the “old” days, I used to love to write letters. I would write to my long distance friends and family at least once a week. My ex-husband was in the Marine Corps, stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA and I would write him letters a couple times a week; and I longed to receive love letters back from him!! I actually still try to encourage my children to “write” letters to their friends and family. Now, I do still love to write letters, but now they are e-mailed instead of stamped, taken to the mailbox and delivered by the postman.
I’m a very vocal, talkative, out-going, people-person (just ask Joe--- I think he wishes I’d “shut-up” sometimes…ha-ha) and I love to communicate; I love to keep memories that I can share with my friends and family….and I need to express my feelings so I don’t blow up!!!
Does anybody else love these quite as much as I do (besides Joe...who would've eaten the whole batch last night if I let him)? Does anyone else like to do the whole "pumpkin thing" just so you can get a salty, crunchy, tasty snack??
ALSO, does anyone have any ideas/remedies/suggestions on how to keep the carved pumpkin from going bad and getting mushy?? Is there something I can sprinkle inside of it or spray on it??