I hope all of you in Sandy’s path are safe and weathered the storm well. My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and killed in the storm and with those suffering from the aftereffects of the storm.
We got through the wind just fine. It wasn't very bad, and we're very grateful that we didn't even lose power.
Since Halloween is today, I thought I’d write a bit about some of my Halloween memories.
When I was a child, I was afraid to say “Trick or Treat.”
I would either let my brother or friends I was with say it, or I would mumble it myself.
I was very shy and timid, and it took all my courage to even walk up to the door and hold out my bag for the candy. To speak out loud? Well, that was too much usually.
I wasn’t afraid of the spooks that might be out and about on Halloween—I was afraid of the people handing out the candy, even though they were people in my community.
But I still enjoyed Halloween—getting dressed up and, the best part, getting candy, which I loved.
We lived out in the country, so we had to load up in the car and drive from house to house to trick or treat.
I remember the year I had a store-bought costume of a princess. It had a blue dress and a mask of a golden haired girl with a crown.
Not many people saw my costume because that year, I wouldn’t even get out of the car. My brother had to go by himself to the doors of the homes we visited. Some of the people put in extra candy for me when they found out I was in the car.
One year, my brother was in the hospital on Halloween. I was staying with my great-aunt. Her daughter took me trick or treating with her daughter. I didn’t have a costume, so my aunt and cousin dressed me in odds and ends to make me look like a man.
Another year I wore an old purple dress that was my mother’s and dressed up with lots of jewelry and make-up and went with some friends of mine.
They knew people I didn’t know, so that year I went to more houses than I ever remember going to. I ended up with a bountiful supply of candy.
I’m sorry to say that I still love candy, too much, and eat too much, especially when it’s around the house and the office like it is now, in preparation for trick-or-treaters.