We’re here to pumpkin spice up your life
I want to share a couple of facts that I learned recently: First, the ubiquitous pumpkin spice products being sold seemingly everywhere except funeral parlors are not meant as a tribute to the late, lamented sixth Spice Girl who quit before the girl group made it big in 1994.
Second, “Pumpkin spice!” is not what people screamed when Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty asked, in their 1996 hit, “Wannabe,” “So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.”
How easily fooled we consumers are. So, as we careen toward 2018, should we not stop to ponder why pumpkin spice causes people to act as if their heads have become jack-o’-lanterns every October? At the very least, should we not pause to assess the potential collateral damage to our homes that might occur if microscopic pumpkin-spice particles left over from Halloween collide with the nutmeg, cinnamon and pine scents that will begin to wreak olfactory havoc there in November and December?