ANOTHER SEARCH FOR THE GREAT PUMPKIN IN OREGON

photo courtesy of tualatinoregon.gov

Life moves pretty fast, it’s been said. These five minutes of your life may be radically different than the next five minutes of your life. Things happen unexpectedly, and you find yourself walking down another path than you were just five minutes before. The only answer to this certain situation is to live for the moment. Find each and every single thing that helps you to live fully and with intention and purpose that you can find. Find a reason to try something new and laugh.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted” – Charlie Chaplin

Okay, who would NOT laugh while paddling a giant pumpkin? The very thought of it makes me laugh. For the entire month of October this year, I’ve had one of my “pipedreams”….that is, I can’t help but wonder how much fun it would to take part in a giant pumpkin regatta. I just LOVE the sound of this kind of race, where one hollows out an 800 pound pumpkin and paddles it on a lake while wearing a costume.

Evidently this is a thing in the United States. Somewhere in Maine, Nova Scotia, Utah, and Oregon this is done on an annual basis each October. Oregon gets my vote for next year maybe, once the travel restrictions are lifted. Why Oregon? Because I have never been there, and it is one of the remaining twelve states I have yet to visit in order to visit all fifty states in my lifetime. About a half hour from Portland, Oregon, in the town of Tualatin, farmers grow giant pumpkins in preparation for the race. Growers enter the race and after the first heat of the race, they allow spectators to paddle the pumpkins after giving them a life jacket and paddles to borrow. Participants must be in costume, too! Again, count me IN! There was no race this year because of the pandemic, but the race is already scheduled for October 16 next year. Again, count me IN!

Life is short; carpe diem, friends…..find something new to make you laugh and stretch yourself to do something you haven’t done before.