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Waiting for October

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Oct. 5, 2015

Autumn has officially arrived. It feels like a different season even though I do not live in an area of the world where the tree leaves are turning vibrant shades of yellow and orange. The scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and all the warm cozy feelings are back. Yes, this is my favourite time of the year.

There is one cartoonist that has always embodied this season and his Peanuts comic strip reminds me of the changing seasons even when the weather does not. I revisited Charles M. Schulz's story of the Great Pumpkin prior to writing this article because I never understood the ending and I learned something new. The central story is about Linus van Pelt who is the only one of his friends that believes in The Great Pumpkin. His friends, save for Sally, do not share his belief and go trick-or-treating instead. Each Halloween he sits in the pumpkin patch waiting for it to arrive. Schulz tells a story comparable to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and similar to Vladimir and Estragon, Linus sits up all night in the Pumpkin patch waiting for something that never appears. There is one takeaway-Linus had visited the pumpkin patch each year without ever seeing the Great Pumpkin, yet he continued to return year after year-too much waiting can lead to madness.

Anyway, there has been heavy rainfall in my part of the world and it is also Monday. Rainy days and Mondays NEVER get me down!

I would like Monday News to get fully immersed in the Halloween season for the month of October. So I am looking for community contributions from willing participants!

Email or PQ me!

-Do you have a Halloween-inspired short story that is Extra Spooky?
-Draw your original comic characters wearing a costume.
-If you are interested in Cosplay, you can even submit a photo wearing a costume!
-Original Poetry (Fall Themed)
-Awesome DIY crafts for decorating or making lollipop ghosts out of tissues.
-Photographs of pumpkin patches or carved jack-o-lanterns!

What's Quacking?
Do you have any original art to contribute to our stock image database, announcements, community projects, ideas, news, or milestones to report? Please leave general comments below or send a PQ to kawaiidaigakusei. Email me at kawaiidaigakusei(at)gmail(dot)com.



KimLuster at 3:47PM, Oct. 5, 2015

Ironscarf... that's... just beautiful! :)

Ironscarf at 3:18PM, Oct. 5, 2015

When the leaves catch fire with blazing colour, all kinds of magical things start to happen. I feel inspired in so many ways. I especially love the light as the sun takes up residence low in the sky, with the moon defiantly refusing to go to bed like my 12yr old daughter. With those crisp long shadows, it's as if the world suddenly pops into 3D.

Banes at 1:27PM, Oct. 5, 2015

I was bummed out early early this morning, thinking we might not see a kawaii post (that kind of Monday would've brought me down. Always such a pleasure, these posts are! I love the Great Pumpkin story, though I hadn't realized its literary roots. Mark me down as another one whose favorite season is Fall. Love the colours, love the weather, LOVE it! And what a brilliant picture! KaLinus-Daigakusei?

KimLuster at 10:04AM, Oct. 5, 2015

Oh and I LOOOOOOVE that pic!!

KimLuster at 10:03AM, Oct. 5, 2015

The Great Pumpkin, like so much else, is one of those things that should be true even if it isn't!!! :D Fall is also my favorite season (Spring would be in the running if it weren't for all those plants having sex - pollen and me do NOT get along!!). Schulz did do a remarkable job of bringing the season to life. Calvin and Hobbes did to, but Bill Watterson readily admits he got a lot of the 'feel' for his classic from Schulz!! Good stuff Kawaii!!

tupapayon at 8:26AM, Oct. 5, 2015

I love peanuts... roasted, salty, with honey... I always thought that Linus and the Great Pumpkin is like a symbol of a faith that doesn't need to see in order to believe... you just know it's true...

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