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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  • Harold McNeill

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold

  • Terrance

    January 5, 2019 |

    A VERY COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS. ALL POLITICIANS SHOULD READ THIS.

  • Harold McNeill

    December 23, 2018 |

    Thanks Sis. I will be uploading as Hi-Def so the photos can be viewed full screen. Brother