Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remembrances of Fall & Halloween

I'm sitting here in the kitchen looking out my window at the water...it's a rather gray day, although it's trying to clear up, and I had my heat on for the first time yesterday.  One of those days where I just couldn't seem to warm up when in the house.  Later today I will be having lunch downtown with a friend from work, but for now, I can't seem to get motivated to do much else but sit in this chair.  My mind wanders to this type of day, and memories start to pop up out of nowhere...thought I would share them with you...

Geese and ducks flying south for the winter.  When I was a kid, it was the highlight of the day if we saw a formation in the sky...I just happened to see three separate ones the other morning and it brought me right back to years ago...started getting a little teary-eyed...

My dad would sometimes stop at a bakery on his way home from teaching school and surprise my sister, brother and me with cupcakes that were topped with a little pumpkin...they were so darn cute and came in a box tied with string...it was the little things that meant so much...

It seemed like the three of us looked for hours for just the right pumpkin when we were kids.  Funny, I'm still exactly the same way, and not just with pumpkins...

I was at a party store last week and my mouth dropped open when I turned only to see a wall of probably 200 Halloween costumes that one could buy.  Kids were picking out 5 or 10 to try on.  I remember as a kid, we went to the store and there may have been a small rack to choose from.  And I don't know how old you are out there, but in the days of my costuming, they were made of very scratchy nylon, with a few ties in the back, and a mask that was secured with a thin elastic string.  My face started getting hot and steamy after wearing it just a short time...sometimes I just forewent the mask...also, the cutouts in the eyes were usually pretty small...you wanted to see everyone around you cause, after all, it was Halloween...

And speaking of Halloween, we didn't have to be out for hours in order to get a shopping bag full of candy.  The block we lived on had 26 houses on one side, and 26 on the other.  And every block around us was the same...motherlode...

When I was a girl scout, our troop went apple picking at an orchard every year one day after school.  All of the apple orchards were about 25 miles away from home, and at that time, in the country, or so it seemed...it was usually a beautiful, crisp day, and afterwards we would buy the cinnamon-sugar doughnuts that they baked there...

Does this get you to thinking about when you were younger, or if you are still young, how things differ now than from what I'm describing above?  Care to share?

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