“Stingy Jack” Jack-O’-Lantern

20121028-101224.jpgIt’s Halloween week and time to carve a pumpkin!

This traditional activity was originally an Irish custom, tied to the legend of Stingy Jack. Finding himself unwelcome in both heaven and hell, Stingy Jack roamed the earth at night with only the light from a hot coal to guide his way.

Two hundred years ago my Irish ancestors carved and illuminated turnips and beets to ward away his spirit.

Today I set a pumpkin outside my door, welcoming an Irish friend to Sunday dinner.

Drawing #21 created with MyPaint Free by MyMedia

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