The Pumpkin Family

Written by Harold McNeill on October 30th, 2011. Posted in Adventure


Family Portrait (2011)

The Pumpkin Family

Family & Friends (left to right)

Top row: Harold and Lynn McNeill, Sean McNeill:
Second Row: Kari and Ed Walker with son Grayson, Jay McNeill:
Bottom Row: Brother-in-law, Michel Payeur and sister, Dianne McNeill-Payeur; Chris and Christine LeClair with baby Audrey:
Far Right: Sister Louise and Brother-in-law Frank Yochim

A few neighbours from the field joined the party: Mr. Scarecrow, Jack the Vampire Bat and, on of our favourites, Creepy Spider.

Unfortunately the gourds, pumpkins, grand-pumpkins and great-grand pumpkins of Frank, Louise, Dianne and Michele could not make the week-end celebrations as many remained in the field due to work commitments.

As you will be aware from other Facebook and Blog posts, our extended family has a varied background that includes: dozens of gourds (younger pumpkins), squash (those not careful when playing in traffic), and cucumbers, teens that are still trying to define themselves. You can still see the cucumber strain in Sean. Finally, the melons (heavy drinkers – actually Harold was better know as a ‘drinking gourd’ while in his teens), and luffas (mostly on Uncle Franks side).

Baby Audrey is now the only Gourd in our immediate family as all kids start life as these skinny little characters called ‘gourds’. After a couple years of heavy feeding (breast milk is reported to be best) they begin to take on the more traditional pumpkin shape as they gain weight. You can see that change taking place in four year old Grayson. While Grayson still has that pale Gourd look he will soon begin take on a deeper orange hue as he grows toward his teens.

Sean, who was a bit of a slow starter, was well into his teens before he began to lose that ‘gourdy look’. The look resulted in a lot of teasing when in middle school and the early years of High School. Now that he is in his early twenties he has clearly taken on the more dumpy pumpkin shape of his mom and dad.

It was great having the family together and we very much look forward to next year.

Love to all our little pumpkins,

Happy Halloween,

Harold and Lynn
Victoria, BC

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Comments (2)

  • Christine
    October 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

    Cute Dad! I live Audrey’s little gourd!! I think I’ll steal and get this printed to go In her scrapbook!!

  • Kari
    November 1, 2011 at 4:05 am |

    Thanks grandpa! That was our bedtime story tonight!! Very cute!

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  • Herb Craig

    December 14, 2021 |

    As always awesome job Harold. It seems whatever you do in life the end result is always the same professional, accurate, inclusive and entertaining. You have always been a class act and a great fellow policeman to work with. We had some awesome times together my friend. I will always hold you close as a true friend. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you this summer.
    Warm regards
    Herb Craig

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Hi Dorthy, So glad you found those stories and, yes, they hold many fond memories. Thanks to social media and the blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with many friends from back in the day. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Well, well. Pleased to see your name pop up. I’m in regular contact via FB with many ‘kids’ from back in our HS days (Guy, Dawna, Shirley and others). Also, a lot of Cold Lake friends through FB. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Oh, that is many years back and glad you found the story. I don’t have any recall of others in my class other than the Murphy sisters on whose farm my Dad and Mom worked.

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Pleased to hear from you Howie and trust all is going well. As with you, I have a couple of sad stories of times in my police career when I crossed paths with Ross Barrington Elworthy. Just haven’t had the time to write those stories.

  • Howie Siegel

    November 25, 2021 |

    My only fight at Pagliacci’s was a late Sunday night in 1980 (?) He ripped the towel machine off the bathroom wall which brought me running. He came after me, I grabbed a chair and cracked him on the head which split his skull and dropped him. I worried about the police finding him on the floor. I had just arrived from Lasqueti Island and wasn’t convinced the police were my friends. I dragged him out to Broad and Fort and left him on the sidewalk, called the cops. They picked him up and he never saw freedom again (as far as I know). I found out it was Ross Elworthy.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read you article on Pibroch excellent. My Dad was Searle Grain company agent we move there in 1942/3 live in town by the hall for 5 years than moved one mile east to the farm on the corner where the Pibroch road meets Hwy 44. Brother Don still lives there. I went to school with you and Louise.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read your life account of Pibroch excellent.
    My family mowed to Pibroch in 1942 Dad was grain buyer for Searle Grain Company lived in town for 5 years than mowed one mile East to the farm on the corner of the road from Pibroch and Hwy 44. Bro Don still lives there.I went to school with both you and Louise.

  • DOROTHY MARSHALL

    November 15, 2021 |

    These stories brought back some sweet memories for me. a wonderful trip down memory lane . the photos were great. It has made me miss those days.

  • DOROTHY MARSHALL

    November 15, 2021 |

    Enjoyed your story Harold Dorothy Hartman