The Great Pumpkin Patch

For fifteen years now, I take a forty-minute journey to attend (and ogle at) the Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Crafts juried show–it’s my once-a-year mecca of sorts.

This year they were featuring a Glass Pumpkin Patch which consisted of handblown glass pumpkins of all shapes, colors, and sizes–it truly was magical. We were like two kids  running around the patch, indecisive of which shape, which size, which color, which, shape, which size, which color, which shape, which size, which color to pick.

Keeping to our de-cluttering goals and opting out of buying one of these magnificent orbs, we decided to watch one of the artisans prepare the molten glass to make a pumpkin.

One has to appreciate the time (and the hot temperatures) involved in making one glass pumpkin.

I am fascinated at the amount of talent there is at the show every year. I admire people who have artistic or musical talents. (You do know the story of talents from the Bible, don’t you? I am not a regular reader or fan, but I do like that parable.)

Every time I go, I treat myself or someone else to a piece of pottery, a hand-loomed scarf, suede and sheepskin slippers, jewelry, handknitted sweaters–ah, if I only had endless funds.

Since I vowed to de-clutter, I couldn’t bring myself to buy one of these gorgeous glass pumpkins; the temptation was unbearable . . . Instead I bought a hand-loomed scarf for my aunt’s 80th birthday in November . . . and one for myself!

It was a lovely day with a lovely friend. 

The Parable of the Talents

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.  Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.  So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.  But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time, the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received the five talents brought the other five.  “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with five talents.  See, I have gained five more.”

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

The man with the two talents also came.  “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.”

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Then the man who had received the one talent came.  “Master,” he said, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.  See, here is what belongs to you.”

His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant!  So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.  For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

– Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV)

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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16 thoughts on “The Great Pumpkin Patch

  1. Those multi-colored pumpkins are amazing. I found you via Lisa at Woman Wielding Words… I love your photos 🙂 Have a great day!

  2. I love these glass pumpkins – such pretty colours. I love craft fairs – it’s wonderful seeing objects being made by craftspeople and it’s great that such crafts are being kept alive.

  3. Ohh that last colorful pumpkin caught my eye… I don’t know how you walked away form that one… Gorgeous! 🙂
    The Parable of Talents always bothered me… 😉

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