Eye of the Beholder

photo by EZ

On my way into the grocery store I admired the unusual pumpkins displayed outside… orange with warts, a muddy aqua and soft yellow.  I wanted to buy one of each, but since I’d already bought plenty of orange pumpkins, I couldn’t justify buying these beauties too.

On my way out of the store, a mother, and her daughter, about 8 years old, approached the pumpkins. Mom said curtly, “Look at those ugly pumpkins.” Her daughter looked at the pumpkins and kept looking at them as she walked by. She didn’t answer her mother who now raised her voice, “Those pumpkins are really ugly.” Her daughter didn’t say a word. Maybe she thought they were beauties too.