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Pumpkin pie in August? Gratitude – and a son’s taste – is not seasonal

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Courtesy of the Heitman family

(Read caption) Will Heitman takes a bite of pumpkin pie ... in the nearly 100-degree heat of August. Pushed out of his own comfort zone his dad finds inspiration in his son's willingness to march to the beat of his own drum.

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I guess I should have been surprised when my 11-year-old son asked to end his summer vacation with a slice of pumpkin pie, but I hardly raised an eyebrow when Will requested a treat that, for most folks, is strictly a Thanksgiving Day indulgence. My son has always marched to the beat of his own drummer, so I’m constantly reminding him why his choices might seem odd to everyone else.

“Pumpkin pie is for the holidays,” I told Will as we tried to beat the nearly 100-degree heat of a late-summer day in our backyard pool.

But Will remained unconvinced as he paddled aimlessly in the blaring sun, suggesting that there was no real reason not to enjoy a good pumpkin pie any day of the year.

“Pumpkins are out of season,” I answered decisively. “We eat pumpkin pie in the fall because that’s the time when pumpkins grow.”


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