Friday, October 22, 2010

EmmaLee McDonald (12 yrs. old) wrote this story, "Pete the Purple Pumpkin" in honor of her brother Toby, who has Down syndrome. WOW!

Pete the Purple Pumpkin

By EmmaLee McDonald

(Dedicated to EmmaLee's little pumpkin Toby, who happens to have Down syndrome)

There once was this purple pumpkin named Pete. Unlike any other pumpkin, Pete was purple. Every fall he hoped he would get picked. But every fall he didn’t get picked, he wondered why. He thought, “Sure I might be purple, but you can still carve me and eat my seeds.” The only thing different was his outside. People would look at him and then laugh. Every pumpkin thought that Pete was the kindest, sweetest pumpkin ever! They also wondered why Pete wasn’t getting picked. Now, Pete was getting older and the farmers said that if Pete didn’t get picked this fall, he would have to be thrown away. Pete didn’t want this to happen, so he hoped this fall would be different. Two days went passed and people only looked at him and laughed. Then, the next day, a little girl with a pink tutu and a tiara looked at Pete and said “I want this one.” Pete was so overjoyed. This girl loved Pete the most. Once this girl carved him, she placed him on her porch. That evening, she saw all of the neighbors on her lawn. Hoping they weren’t making fun of Pete, she ran out. Then, she realized what they were all staring at. It was a light brighter than any she had ever seen, shining from within Pete, without even one candle. It was a light that shown from within. Then, people came from far and wide to see this bright, little pumpkin. Just imagine what the world would have missed if Pete were simply thrown away. Even though people may look different on the outside, true beauty comes from within.

Big thanks to EmmaLee for sharing her story with me. Great job!

(EmmaLee is twelve years old. Amazing, huh?)

Leave EmmaLee a comment telling her how much you love Pete the Purple Pumpkin :).

20 comments:

  1. EmmaLee - that was a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing your love and wisdom.

    ReplyDelete
  2. That was a awesome story EmmaLee, I loved it!! The purple pumpkins are the best ;0)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I LOVED it and I'm going to share today on my blog as well :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. That is such a wonderful story! I hope your real Pete is enjoying it! I had a Pete in my life, too.

    ReplyDelete
  5. SUCH A BEAUTIFULLY SWEET STORY. IT WAS SUCH JOY TO READ.

    ReplyDelete
  6. kelly and archie xOctober 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    how beautiful, your family must be very proud of you xx

    ReplyDelete
  7. EmmaLee that was a wonderful story. Nicely done.
    ---Jen

    ReplyDelete
  8. I ABSOLUTELY love it! Wow, EmmaLee- you are one very wise little girl. You are already learning so much about life and what is important and just think, you are learning those lessons because you have such an amazing brother! I would love to post your story on my website, have your parents check it out and there is a place were you can share your story: www.iamviable.com. I'm always looking for stories that share the gifts and abilities of people who happen to have disabilities and this story is PERFECT! Job well done!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow EmmaLee, that was a fantastic story!!!! You are lucky to have a great brother and he is lucky to have you!!!! Keep up the good work and know that you can make a difference in this world! Best Wishes to you!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. what a great story! Emma Lee you are a very talented with a big heart. You must be the best big sister
    Well done :0)

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a GREAT story!! Thank you for sharing this!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a beautiful tribute to your brother, he is so lucky to have a sister like you! I think you should find someone to publish your story!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is Gary, wow little cuzz that was an awsome story u should write more u are very good
    ive read it like 6 times now and ive shown my friends and they all agree u are very talented thank u for that eye opener i love you emm all the way from japan

    ReplyDelete
  14. You should get this story published. I would definitely buy a copy for my kids!

    --Amy

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great job EmaLee! If this is okay, I will share your story on my blog too!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi everyone thanks for all of the comments. I hoping to get it published but I just need to find a publisher. So if you know of anyone who could publish it that would be great! Also, I would love if you guys would post it on your blog. Thanks again!
    EmmaLee McDonald

    ReplyDelete
  17. EmmaLee,
    I LOVE your story!
    Sara O.

    ReplyDelete
  18. EmmaLee, WOW! Glad my kleenex box was close by! What a privilege to have you as my very special young friend. I know how much you truly love little TJ and how much stronger he has become physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually since your family brought him into your lives - one very blessed little boy, three blessed big sisters, two blessed parents, and many, many others blessed because of answered prayer!!!! Keep these beautiful stories coming!! Love you, Linda Brock

    ReplyDelete
  19. EmmaLee that is a beautiful story. So moving. I do hope you manage to get it published, it needs to be read - such a lesson to be learnt from it. YOUR beauty shines through your words. What lucky siblings you both are.

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear from you!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.