Just let the leaves stay right where they are. I’m not finished with them. I need them to drift and swirl and float and land and rest undisturbed for a while yet.
I’ve waited so long–all winter, all spring, all summer in fact, to stand in the wind and let the browns and yellows and woody greens and reds…oh, the reds, fall into my out stretched fingers.
Please let them stay until I’ve had my fill. Until there is no need for jumping in them or hiding under them or sloshing through them. Until the very sight and smell of them no longer makes me breathe more deeply–with my eyes shut–to lock them safely inside my heart. Until the feel of them falling in my hair no longer makes me shiver like Christmas.
A man I met only once, and that was from afar. I watched as he laughed, joked, taught, and mentored my youngest brother and realized that he was giving Rhen the gift of seeing his own potential. “Bish” (the name he went by) coached my brother in shot put, and Rhen loved learning from him. He was a world class athlete, competed in the ’76, ’80, and ’84 Olympic Games, and was also the “World’s Strongest Man.” He taught Rhen about throwing with better form, being strong, and about the trajectory his shot put would take. Sadly, he won’t witness Rhen’s trajectory as he moves ahead with his training, but I know that he had a profound influence for good. If that’s all someone could say about me when I passed on, it would be more than enough. Onward and upward, Bish, to that place where you won’t be in pain. We’ll be thinking about you.
Don’t be afraid. I’m not going to tell you a gruesome campfire story or anything. But every year, my sister has a Halloween party on the Monday before trick or treats. And every year, before we leave she pulls out a huge basket with fun prizes and lets us choose from the basket. So you sort of want to go home before all the good stuff is gone. I think that must be how she gets us all to go home. ANYWAY…So for my prize, I chose an adorable shelf sitting witch with a green face and purple and pink hair. Lyndi chose some really cute, transparent skeleton stickers. Nate chose a jointed snake–not incredibly into snakes, but it was ok. So here comes Rhen. Yeah, he chooses a rubber, severed hand that you soak in water and it grows. I guess somebody didn’t think it was disgusting enough–and it needed to be BIGGER.
So this nasty piece of work is sitting on my kitchen counter…all day…all night…Feel free to gag.
I must admit that there are some parts of Halloween that I could do without…mostly severed body parts. Blaugh! :p
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients slowly. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees fro 8 minutes. Allow to rest on pan for a minute or two before removing to cool.
When completely cool, spoon about 1-2 tsp. of filling on back side of one cookie and press another cookie to form a sandwich. Note: Add a few drops of color to filling for a holiday touch.
Ok, here’s the deal. We’ve collected some of the easiest costume ideas–some we’ve used, some we’ll save for next year. But don’t worry…these are so clever and simple you don’t even need a picture. Trust me…
Posterboard tombstone hanging from your neck that says, “R. I. P.” with a letter C below it…Dead Sea
Plain white T-shirt with a red, paper letter C taped or sewn on…Red Sea
Plain white T-shirt with a green, paper letter T taped or sewn on…Green Tea
Plain dark T-shirt with a blue paper cutout of a quarter moon taped or sewn on…Blue moon
Crumble about ten pieces of different shades of green construction paper. I took a long piece of yarn and strung them on like popcorn garlands at Christmas time. Tie a knot in both ends so the paper doesn’t slide off. Wear this around your waist like a belt…Green Waste
Being fully dressed–of course, hang a sign around your neck that reads, “Nudist on Strike.” Nudist on Strike
Tape newspaper around your body and write “BAD” across the middle…Bad News
Cut a huge letter C out of craft foam and pin it to your shirt…Sea Foam
Cut out 5 o 6 small letter C’s out of different colored construction paper. Tape or pin them to one side of your clothing…Sea Side
Draw a large quarter and pin it on your back…Quarterback
Dress conservatively like a teacher (hair in a bun, skirt and sweater, glasses on a chain). Then stick a paper airplane in the back of your hair, tape a “Kick Me” sign on your back, cover your hands, face and clothes with chalk prints, and attach staples and paper clips to your clothes. Substitute Teacher
For about 10 million more ideas just go to Halloween.com. You’ll love it!