Yesterday we had our second annual pumpkin decorating day at work. Unlike past pumpkin days at past workplaces, we decorated small pumpkins. They're cheaper and easier. And we didn't carve--while we are training students in medical fields, I didn't want anyone to have to practice their suturing skills.
Since I'm the one who buys the pumpkins and sets them out, I have an idea of how many of us actually decorate a pumpkin--it's only about 5 - 10% of our population. You might argue that it's a lot of effort for the few people who play along. But even those who didn't decorate were delighted at the idea of the pumpkins and the art supplies.
I loved the moment earlier in the week when I slipped away to buy the pumpkins from my church's pumpkin patch. I decided to use my own money: I'd support both the church and the school, and I could take home the unused pumpkins without guilt. I loved the brief moment in the sun and being surrounded by pumpkins. It's good to get out of the office and into the community.
I have lots of art supplies, so it's easy to put this event together. I realize that other campus directors might not have such an easy time. I'm happy to donate the supplies. Others have brought me odds and ends. It's a fun environment, although I know we run the risk of people discovering that we're kindergarten art teachers at heart.
I'll likely leave the table set up today--it will give other students a chance to decorate, and it will make me happy. And maybe we'll continue to create pumpkins like these: