Gourds used to be used as tools, as implements, as kitchenware--cups and dippers. But nowadays we put them on our front door step in October or perhaps on the Thanksgiving table. Then it's good-bye gourds.
Gourds are impermanent--here this month and gone next month. It took five months for them to grow. I use them for two months, and then good-bye.
For now, i enjoy the beautiful gourds and know that their life span is short.
And so is mine.