“Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.”

Days seem to blend for me. I wake up and ask Alexa the time. Sometimes I even ask the day of the week, but the day is generally unimportant unless I have an appointment. Nothing is on my dance card until next week when Henry and Gwen have vet appointments. Henry just needs a second flu like shot. That’s Tuesday. Gwen is getting a physical and is having her clumps removed especially the thick clump on her side which I haven’t been able to clean. That’s on Wednesday. On Saturday I am having friends over for the escape game. I’m thinking that is one busy week for me.

When I was a kid, I loved trick or treating on Halloween. My homemade costumes worked just fine. My bag always filled. We’d go out as early as my mother would let us. Dinner was a hurried affair. We’d start in our neighborhood then range out further and further. I remember walking home one Halloween night. Every kid was gone. Outside house lights were dark. We walked up Pomeworth Street. We could see our shadows under the street lights on the sidewalk and could hear our footsteps echo in the darkness. We whispered.

This year for Halloween I ordered Kit Kat bars, the regular size bars. I also have some Play-Doh for the little kids. I remembered from year to year the house which always gave out Hershey Bars. It was worth the walk. There were no snack size bars when I was a kid so I’d get candy loose in bags tied at the top, candy corn mostly. I remember an apple with a nickel pushed into the skin. We never ate the boxes of raisins. We’d get home, put our candy into bowls then start trading. We’d keep the bowls under our beds. We snacked often.

I love the old black and white movies like Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Dracula, The Mummy and The Invisible Man. I don’t enjoy the bloodier the better in today’s horror movies. I like the subtlety of the old movies. Dracula holds up his cape so we don’t see him bite his victim, but we know he did. That makes it scary, the imagining.

Today is a warm, sunny day, a lovely day. I have a couple of quick errands. I’m happy for fresh air and the sun.

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8 Comments on ““Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.””

  1. hedley Says:

    Halloween Candy has taken on something new for us

    Each year, right before Thanksgiving, the Catholic Community Response Team (think Mrs MDH) gives away around 1,500 turkey dinners to our friends and neighbors in Pontiac Michigan. It is quite a production with tickets, admission times, and cars in two lanes circling an industrial building and being delivered to their cars a complete dinner

    the weather is always poor, rain or ice or both.

    It is my privilege to be on the front end of the process organizing the cars as they pull in to the parking lot. We set the tone immediately that it is a holiday event not some charity handout. I welcome some of the same families every year and we greet and catch up

    With that in mind we accumulate unused Halloween candy and sort them in to holiday gift bags which we give to the occupants of the cars especially the kids. So in early November, my evenings are spent sorting and preparing the candy for the Turkey Day Event

    Kat, you will find facebook pictures so you can see the event. Its deep in to planning and is very cool

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I love that is a holiday event and that you see some of the same families and have developed a relationship. What a wonderful evening. I did check out your Facebook page but didn’t find the photos from last year.

      I used to work the Red Cross pantry until my back made standing for more than a short while too painful. That also put an end to my serving food at Rosie’s place in Boston. I loved the people I worked with and the ladies I met.

      I totally understand that Halloween has a whole new meaning for you. I’d probably wish not many kids would come.

      • Hedley Says:

        Hi Kat, try CCRT Catholic Community Response Team on FB

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, MDH. I found it on Facebook as you suggested. Lots of wonderful Mrs.MDH pictures and there you were going hauling furniture. What a guy!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Isn’t it unfair when you remove Gwen’s hard-earned clumps and destroy her perfect shaggy Halloween style just one day before Halloween? 😉 Good luck!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      That clump is on hr side and is so huge and so thick my scissors couldn’t cut it. Because Gwen is black you can’t see the clump, you can only feel it. I have to think she’ll be comfortable when It’s gone.

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Still in the hotel although the power came on today. No internet nor cable TV. Maybe it will be restored by tomorrow. Rained this afternoon and roofers were busy covering houses with blue plastic tarps. Tomorrow’s the day we have to clean out and throw away the fridge and freezer’s spoiled food.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It has taken a long time, and even at that it isn’t back to normal with no internet or cable TV. ‘

      One fall we had a hurricane, Bob, and it caused extensive damage including to poles, many of which fell. I had to clean out my fridge and freezer. When the electricity came back on, I bought more food. A day later the electricity went off again. I had to clean out the fridge one more time. I hate losing electricity.


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