Last night, we watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, a movie made in the 1960s. Linus insists that the Great Pumpkin will arise out of the pumpkin patch and bring toys to all good kids. While he and Sally are waiting around in the pumpkin patch, the other kids are having a fun Halloween party.
While at this party, Lucy carves a pumpkin. Just look at her carving tool!
What’s the first thing you think of? “Be careful with that big knife!!!”? No parent today would let their kid near that carving knife, would they? So, in these days of Perpetual Safety Culture, this is what is sold as a “pumpkin-carving kit”.
Pathetic. This kit is totally pathetic! I should know, since I bought one once and tried to carve a thick pumpkin. The so-called “saws” are flimsy metal, no match for the meat of any pumpkin worth the name. They bend, and break, and are absolutely useless. In the name of “keeping kids safe”, the utensils provided are not even worth what you pay for them, which is not much.
But do today’s kids even do the carving at all? Actually, I don’t have kids, so I don’t know. Help me out here, followers!
And Happy Halloween to all!