This was no ordinary Fall Fest, this was the Macomb Park Elementary School Flower and Harvest Fall Family Fun Fest in Warren, Michigan on the second Saturday of every October. By the second Friday morning of October each student was to have in their classroom window sill a proper entry for the Fall Flower and Harvest Show with the documented paperwork.
We lived kitty corner across from the school. We had a small yard which belonged to the church where my dad was the pastor. Most of the yard was a parking lot and the rest was a garage, cement patio, and adjoining swing set. It was physically impossible to grow a 115 lb. pumpkin for our entry.
On the second Thursday of October during dinner we would throw ideas around for our Flower and Harvest Show entries. But, we all knew and loved that our family tradition was the acorn men that dad made each year for his four daughters. Although small in comparison to some of the entries, we were amazed what some of these people got out of their yards. We lived in Detroit yet some families came up with things that looked perhaps like semi-trucks brought it in from their uncle's farm in the U.P.
It was our family tradition and we loved our acorn men.
Mr. Acorn Man
Acorn Man - acorn head and skinny stick dangly body
From Beach bags to Backpacks
Sun-visors to football helmets
Swimming suits to sweaters
Flip flops to tennis shoes
Fans to furnace heater
Screen to glass windows
Fly swatter to wasp keeper
Leaves shading to burning
Clear skies to smokey nights
Speed - bike rides forests gold foliage lined paths
colors intersect to make red flaming glow
Scream - football games loud for your favorite team
high sounds low sounds yell our pep band
Smell - casseroles, soups, roasts, nutmeg, cloves
juicy lemonade stands into cafeteria lines
Shine - bonfires apples silver rain on the lake dancing
cools hot stones autumn sun at a new angle
Schedule - teachers desks deadlines studies crisp weather
squirrels make plans acorns new beginnings
Are you winding up or down Acorn Man?