, Newburyport, MA


November 11, 2013

Pumpkin smashing smashes family's plans

To the editor:

First, I will start by saying I haven’t ever written before now, but feel this subject needs attention. I on Nov. 2 was a victim of pumpkin stealing/smashing. I don’t think that the people responsible for doing this know how hurtful this can be. For my family I bought six pumpkins for my children and me to carve. They are expensive and a lot of time goes into the selection of the perfect pumpkin.

Due to kids’ sporting events, school trips and work schedules, we were unable to carve them before the traditional Halloween trick-or-treat holiday. We still had them on our porch with other decorative items to look festive. We had a special night planned to do them, including a special dinner to follow. Thanks to whomever felt the need to steal them, this night has been ruined for all of us.

The person who did this has caused us so much hurt, as it is now too late to replace them or buy new ones. What they don’t know is for my family this tradition goes much deeper than the “usual pumpkin-carving event.” I lost my father in the early morning of Nov. 1, and my children lost their grandfather. Our last special memory of him was carving a special pumpkin together. Each year we remember him and continue this special tradition together as a family. We all suffered a huge loss with his passing. We take pictures of our creations and try to enjoy and honor his memory with our pumpkins. This year, being after the holiday, it’s something we now cannot do. To say the least, my family and myself are crushed.

All I ask is before you go out and pull Halloween pranks or tricks, please think about how your smashing pumpkins could affect a child who has spent hours decorating or carving it, or for us a special tradition of a lost loved one. It hurts.

Sherrie Worthen


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