From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

March 19

I watch as Grandpa paces his domain, strolling through the rows of young growing plants, testing and touching and studying.

“Come here, Sweetheart. I have a surprise for you.” I hurry after him.

He stops at the last row. I stand back as he lifts the broad leaves aside, searching for his surprise. It is a small, still-growing pumpkin, still attached to the vine, and I can see a scar on the far side.

Then Grandpa turns the pumpkin over, brushing the dirt away, and I can see that it’s not a scar at all; it’s my name, growing there along with the pumpkin! MY NAME!

“How did you do that?” I asked.

“Well, it’s a long process,” he begins. His eyes sparkle as he discusses magnifying glasses and special planting techniques.

We begin the long walk back to the house. And I think about my very own pumpkin and my grandpa who can work magic in his special garden. I place my hand in his and walk up the hill to breakfast.

Kati Dougherty-Carthum

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