Back Porch Pumpkin

We spent this weekend shopping for pumpkins.

You wouldn’t believe the pumpkins we found.


Warty ones and rainbow ones and textured ones and shiny ones and pumpkins that looked like they might have been Cinderella’s carriage once upon a time.

Had I been asleep?  Have I been under a rock?  When did pumpkins go all 2016?

And as I stood in the middle of the pumpkin aisle in the middle of pumpkin heaven pondering the mysteries of the universe, suddenly, out of the corner of my ear…

…I heard something that made my head twist around almost 180 degrees.


It was a burp the size of Texas.

Or maybe bigger.

A geographic expert might have said it was as large as a grouping of several lower contiguous states.


I scanned the perimeter for the culprit.

There she stood.

All four-feet-nine-inch-blue-eyed-blonde-haired-curly-headed bit of her.  It was easy to spot her.  She was the one in the middle of the pumpkins with big wide eyes and a hand covering her mouth looking confused.

“I’m sorry, Mom,” she said sheepishly.  “I don’t know where that came from.”


I tried to look stern.

I tried to frown.

I tried to look like I imagine Emily Post would look at a person who just burped in the middle of the pumpkin patch.

But I’m one of those people who laughs at the most inopportune times.

I couldn’t help it.

Pumpkins and burping is a funny combination.


After we finished laughing and I wiped the tears from my eye and loaded up this amazing warty pumpkin into my cart, she turned to me and said, “It’s really your fault, Mom.”

Me?  What?  What was she talking about?

Then she grinned and added, “You spent all that time when I was little trying to get a burp out of me….

….and now?  It’s really hard to re-learn it.”

Touche my little pumpkin burper.

Touche. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    How funny. The littlest inconsequential things that happen in life are the things that make life so fun. What a great reminder of that. Interesting pumpkins. I can see why you like much texture. Me? It makes me suddenly think I need to make an appointment for Botox and to hit my local drug store to up my skincare routine. Is that wrong? Just my reaction. Have a great day karianne. XO, Nancy

    1. Image for Maria Maria

      Bahahaha, your reaction cracked me up. I don't know if I can look at a warty pumpkin the same way again. Thanks for making my afternoon:)

  2. Image for Ellenann Ellenann

    You will NEVER know how I identify with this, Karianne! My 6 year-old, adorable angelic grand girl can crank out burps of monumental proportions! Her dad thinks this is beyond hysterical. He proclaims she can rival the best of grown men. Oh, how I cringe when it's silent and she's in our midst! I must admit, there have been a few laughing fits from both of us though. For shame. Tsk, tsk!!

  3. Image for Carole @ Garden Up Green Carole @ Garden Up Green

    Funny - sometimes it just happens. Better to happen at a pumpkin patch than in a restaurant. Anyways I was wondering myself what the fuss has become of pumpkins, all shapes sized and types and it takes me back to just a simple orange pumpkin gourd. Simplicity has been the key this year and of course that natural beauty. Keep life real and keep enjoying each day.

  4. Image for Linda Linda

    Girls do burp! And often really loudly! It's always surprising as I expect it from my male kids even though they are now adults but my sweet cute girls??? I think I must be a traditionalist. I really don't like the warty pumpkins. Mulicolors are okay. Pumpkins finally made their appearance here last week. I lbve seeing the road side market stands! Have a good day!

  5. Image for Susan Susan

    Good on you for being a Mom who knows that burps happen...they are perfectly normal and can't be isn't healthy to hold them inside...and they can get you smiling and laughing, if you allow them to! Sometimes, good manners don't make much sense, do they? They certainly can curtail our fun and who needs that? I'm like that with sneezes...I never understood how some women can have the tiniest cutest sneezes...almost like a slight hiccup. When I sneeze, I'm like the big, bad wolf blowing the house's akin to a sonic boom. I used to be embarrassed, but this is just me and sneezes can't be controlled...I just try my best to batten down the hatches beforehand...hehe!

  6. Image for Ellen Ellen

    You found the very best pumpkins! I love the ones with some character too! Anyone can have a smooth orange one; but it's the ones with warts, etc. that just adds more interest and imagination for me. I do use the smooth orange ones too, always diversify! I have yet to set out upon my quest for Pumpkins 2016. Probably with the apple picking. Love the story of the "burp"! Your children are as witty as their Mom. I had to laugh at her comment, because my youngest daughter told me that when she was in her teens! Thank-you for a great start on a Monday morning.

  7. Image for Pat Pat

    Your pumpkins are incredible and oh so festive! If we'd never had kids, we'd not understand the wisdom and wit of what they can come up with! Thanks for giving my day the beauty and humor it needed for a great start!

  8. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    The Burp Story is hilarious and sweet, but what is the deal with these pumpkins...are these edible? Kinda Creepy. But could be interesting painted black, don't you think?!

  9. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Oh my goodness.....what a hilarious story!! I've got two boys that could give her a run for her money, and I have to say, I, too, have laughed at the most inopportune times when I should have been looking stern!! :) Thanks for sharing......great pumpkins, too!

  10. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Personally, I love all the different pumpkins and gourds....they're kinda like people....the ones you really love..."warts and all"! Great day, little one and thanks for sharing a funny side of your mini thistle!

  11. Image for Emily Lahm Emily Lahm

    KariAnne, Just wondered if there were supposed to be 30 ( no more like 20) ads popping up within your verbiage? I really can hardly enjoy the blog. Is it my phone/ iPad , or the blog?

  12. Image for Loryl Loryl

    The children in my classroom always knew they could burp out loud, all they had to do was excuse themselves! LOL At three or four bodily functions can be pretty amusing. This made it just matter of fact. I still had to chuckle to myself a lot of the time. Your children are just as witty as you. And swoon ? for all those beautiful pumpkins. It's still been too hot here to bring any home for our porch.

  13. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    KariAnne ~ Love all the pumpkins ~ warts and mixed colors, big and small! I do find *I'm* really leaning toward neutrals this year, so I best gather some before all the whites & light colors are gone. My favorite is the usually squatty Cinderella with its pronounced sections! And what a cute reply from your "little twinkie!" I agree with Ellen above ~ she really seems to have your quick wit! As for your question: Emily Post would be quiet ~ and grinning, I bet!!! Big hugs, kj

  14. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    That is too funny! But then my little girl could be very loud. Not sure where she kept the noise. Lol. I like all the pumpkins except for the brown warty one. I saw one in the store the other would look better if underneath the warts it was bright orange instead of sort of peach. It's weird. But yeah, pumpkins have really gotten all 2016. :-)

  15. Image for Mah Mah

    FUNNY! I had a small blonde daughter that could out burp anybody! This story brought back memories of the good ole burping days. Love it.

  16. Image for ananda ananda

    such a sweet beautiful family moment <3 <3 <3 makes me think of my mom <3 the funny side reminds me of a friend from art school: her proud moment when she sneezed in front of a priceless piece of byzantine art and saw drippings on it...

  17. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    My daughter once burped (she was talented that way, too) as we were ordering at a drive-thru and then bent down in her seat so no one would see her...looked like I was alone in the car. I was laughing so hard I could hardly order. Went on her permanent kid record.

  18. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Thanks for the morning giggle. This reminds me of my brothers burping the alphabet while my mother's eyes rolled....?

  19. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Okay, the burp story is so funny. My daughter did that once in the middle of Kohl's. I knew right away it was her and I even called her out by her full name, first, middle and last. Her response was "Thanks Mom, now everyone in Kohl's knows who burped so loudly." It just snuck out and was an award winning burp if I do say so myself! We couldn't quit laughing either.

  20. Image for Amy Amy

    To Precious! I bet your daughter is going to someday soon be writing her own blog with her wonderful sense of humor! Hmmmm, I'm wondering who she inherited it from!!! :)

  21. Image for Peg Peg

    Pumpkins, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin crafts...I love that fall brings us pumpkins!! : )

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