Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

Maria’s Autumn Pumpkins

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Here is Little Maria, inviting you out to the farm on this lovely autumn day.  Would you like to join us?

 

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We will take a horse drawn hay ride through the fields… did you bring him an apple?

 

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We will view all the lovely autumn colors, the hillside of changing leaves, and the brilliant blue sky.

 

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Don’t you love this cheery sunflower field?

 

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Hurray, Merle’s Fresh Produce is just ahead!  This is our destination!

 

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Yay, I love the autumn displays at a farm stand.

 

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Oh, yes, the famous Merle maple products, shipped around the world.

 

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Pretty dried flower bouquets, so cheerful.

 

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Twisty, fascinating, warty gourds.

 

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Bows on Indian corn.

 

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Well, who might this anonymous fellow be?

 

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Shall we visit in the farmhouse now? Maria would like to show you the pretty jars of home-canned peaches.

 

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Maybe you would like a turn driving a tractor?

 

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Now lets sit a spell and have a cup of tea and a chat before we leave.

 

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I would like you to take home this bouquet as a gift from me.

Thanks for coming along today, I hope you enjoyed yourself.

 

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Now wait a minute, I thought you were only going to pick ONE pumpkin!

 

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Now thank we all our God,
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us still in grace,
And guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills,
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given;
The Son, and Him who reigns
With Them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

 
Martin Rinkart; Trans. by Catherine Winkworth

 

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