Yes, I Like Pumpkin Stuff. No, I Am Not ‘Basic’.

With the start of September, Pumpkin everything is back. And of course, there’s always someone (or someones) out there to ruin it for us.

It seems the pumpkin-lover-haters are out in full force this year. Buzzfeed tells us we’re basic. USA Today says we’ve ruined pumpkins. Flavorwire says nothing’s safe. And some jackass is spreading this shit around telling us all how un-pumpkiny pumpkin flavor actually is.

There are even several memes, and that’s when you know shit just got real.

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So why all this hate on pumpkin spice? You all seem to love every other trend out there. Like shaving your legs, wearing makeup, skinny jeans. In the (slightly edited) words of Chris Crocker: Leave Pumpkin Alone!

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Yes, I am one of those people who likes pumpkin spice everything. (Except ice cream — pumpkin ice cream is just not good.) And no, I don’t only like it because it’s popular.

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I like the word because it’s adorable. There’s no G at the end! Do you people realize how wonderfully extraordinary that is in the English language? Every time I type it I feel like I’m breaking all the rules. Is that why all you haters hate so much? Just so you can type it and feel like a rebel? Because that I can understand.

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I like pumpkins because they remind me of wonderful childhood times. When my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins would all get incredibly dressed up, decorate my mom’s work van with a dummy that pumped blood out of its head hanging out the back, and rush around every neighborhood to get as much candy as possible. We were resigned to calling our parents by name because they didn’t want everyone to know they were too old to be trick-or-treating; if we trailed we would be left behind; and everyone used to fight over who would pump the blood! We scared countless innocent children with that dummy.

Afterward, we would all sit around a fire while eating all the candy we could and tell ghost stories. In the weeks leading up to The Big Event, my mother, stepfather, and I would carve pumpkins.

That’s why I love pumpkins. Call me basic again.

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I love the taste and smell because they’re not only delicious, they’re comforting. They remind me of yesteryear and put warmth in my belly. They surround me with love and happiness; family and friendship.

Plus, if you like the taste of something, you instinctively want more. Why blame me for that?

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So go ahead, haters. Keep on trying to disgrace us. But pumpkin lovers are here to stay, because while you’re filled with resentment because you can’t understand our passion, we’re brought back to amazing times with amazing people. We’re comforted and loved, even if it’s only by a drink.

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How do you feel about pumpkin stuff? Any interesting Halloween stories? Let me know!


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11 thoughts on “Yes, I Like Pumpkin Stuff. No, I Am Not ‘Basic’.

  1. My wife makes a kick ass pumpkin-pie-cheesecake. Plus carving allows me to channel my inner shitty artist as well being a great stress relief (I get a little stabby when I carve).

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  2. My grandmother used to make pumpkin pie from pumpkins she grew on the farm. Those were special. My mom makes pumpkin cheesecake these days. Pumpkin loaf, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cake are awesome too. I’m disappointed to say I haven’t met a pumpkin latte that I liked yet :(

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  3. I feel just about how you feel! Pumpkin spice flavored coffee is tasty, and it brings me back to happy childhood memories. Of all things to get worked up over, people choose this? Wow… that’s… interesting.

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  4. We don’t really celebrate Halloween over here, which is a shame. I’ve been trying to incorporate it in my family at least, but my efforts aren’t rewarded (yet!). It’s a holiday that I love though, without even celebrating it. I do try to though!

    I spent Halloween in the US one year, and it was great! I got to do all of the traditional stuff. Sadly, pumpkin was one of those things I discovered I didn’t really like the taste of. That being said, I’d not begrudge anyone else loving it. Same as I’d expect no one else to begrudge me the stuff that I love.

    Sometimes people hating something goes a little overboard. It’s like they’re hating it, just because… Well, they can.

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