Not too surprisingly, 2020 is the most nostalgic year of my entire life. This
painting is of a farmhouse we used to visit heading north on Dufferin Street, in King
City. It had a big pumpkin patch. When the boys were little we used to go there,
and walk through the fields selecting the best pumpkins for our Thanksgiving.
We used them for decoration, and also Steven makes the best pumpkin pie in
in the world. Usually we made another trip to get the pumpkins for Halloween,
because Thanksgiving is almost three weeks before Halloween and the squirrels
would’ve devoured the ones decorating our front steps by then.
I don’t know where we'd go now to find a pumpkin patch. That corner in King
City has been built up with malls, and gas stations and all kinds of modern
conveniences. And the farm is gone. So I’m so glad that we got to be there while
it was still in operation. The whole idea of getting pumpkins to decorate for
Thanksgiving seemed even more precious then, because we picked them where
they were growing, and Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for the harvest.
I do think in 2020 it’s more important than ever to be grateful for everything
that we enjoy when so many are not able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life
anymore. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend whether you’re
Canadian and celebrating, or anywhere else in the world and hearing about it.
I've never been more grateful for my family and friends, including you wherever