OK, so its not the Great Pumpkin. It’s not huge. It’s not bright orange, and I’m a little skeptical about its flavor. There’s no mythology surrounding the Mediocre Pumpkin, but still, it’s a pumpkin. We’ll take it. On this Thanksgiving Day it’s especially important to look for blessings. Though the kindergarten class that planted seeds when school started had dreams of dozens of fat pumpkins the size of small cars, they still can enjoy at least one small pumpkin pie. The best thing about this pumpkin though is what is most valuable for every gardener: hope for next year. Inside this pumpkin will be seeds, little promises that remind us that this game isn’t over. There’s always next year when the soil might be more fertile, the weather might be better, and there might be fewer caterpillars… and for that, we are thankful.