ECOLOGY TALE FROM STAMFORD CT
The Story of Little Pumpkin and his Pop in Stamford, CT
Little Pumpkin: Wow, Pop, they finally took us out of the house! And what a view, just look at these colors! Pretty neat, huh?
Big Pumpkin (Pop): I hate to tell you this son, but they didn’t leave us out here to enjoy the view.
Little Pumpkin: What ya mean, Pop? They just went to Manhattan for a couple of days, right?
Pop: Yeah, they did, but we won’t be here when they get back home.
Little Pumpkin: Why? Are we going someplace, too? Huh, Pop? Where we going, Pop?
Pop: Yes, son, we’re going on a journey but not the sort of journey you’re thinking of.
Little Pumpkin: I’m all ears, Pop, even if they didn’t cut out ears for me, I’m listening.
Pop: Well, little guy, it’s a bit of an ecological, environmental journey. But in a way, we’ll be going home, ourselves.
Little Pumpkin: I don’t understand. Didn’t they put us out here to enjoy the crisp weather and the colorful leaves?
Pop: Actually, Son, we were left out here to be a part of the scenery. You see those squirrels over there? And the deer, just behind those trees?
Little Pumpkin: I sure do, Pop. They’re kinda cute.
Pop: Well, we’re just as cute to those squirrels and deer.
Little Pumpkin: Are they going to be our friends, Pop? Will they come by?
Pop: Yeah, kid, you can count on it! They are part of the journey we’ll be taking, a sort of intestinal journey.
Little Pumpkin: Intestinal journey? You mean like they might eat us?
Pop: You got it, son. Smart you are. A real slice off the old squash. In the end, my boy, we’ll end up right back in the soil, right back where it all begins.
Little Pumpkin: Pop! That’s not fair!
Pop: Well, son, it’s not, but humans don’t live forever, either. We all end up back in the ground.
SILENCE FOR A FEW MOMENTS, THEN LITTLE PUMPKIN LOOKS AROUND:
Little Pumpkin: Pop, do you think maybe they might have forgotten to lock all the doors?
By Sunny Solomon, remembering Stamford, 11/06/2019