Last night, I had to make a run into town -town here being Philipsburg -the nearest larger community to us that has more than one store in the whole darned place.
So, I asked Miss Maya if she wanted to go for a ride to town with Grammy. It was with a bit of uncertainty that I made that offer to her because the last time I was in the particular store that I had to go to, she had acted so bad that night -had a huge, really, really huge, massive meltdown that Mandy and I were a bit fearful that we all might end up being banned from ever shopping at the Weis market there ever again!
But anyway, I decided to make the offer and since she accepted, I figured maybe I'd give her another chance to show that she can actually behave, be good, ya know.
Lucky for her -and for me -tonight she was pretty much angelic. Didn't have to reprimand her at all and I kind of like it when things come together like that, ya know.
But on the drive -it's all of 12 miles from home to this little burg-town -I was really surprised by what I saw along the way.
Okay, I don't go out very much these days -pretty much an old homebody, that would be me. I'm much more content to stay put in the house, work on my craft du jour, watch tv -even wash dishes -than to go ramming around any more than I absolutely have to do so I wasn't prepared for the sights I saw at many homes along the drive into town.
Lights! All over the place! Or so it seemed anyway.
At first I thought Wow, lots of folks are really getting the jump on putting their Christmas decorations and stringing all kinds of outdoor lighting all around.
Then it dawned on me that all these decorations and lights were in anticipation of next weekend being Halloween!
Virtually every other -or every third house anyway (or so it seemed) had orange lights strung all over the front, on porches in trees -you name it. All these decorations just for good old Halloween!
So much different from when I was a kid and it was time to do the "Trick or Treating" that's for sure!
I can't remember anyone doing any kind of decorating of the homes back then for this auspicious occasion!
Heck no! Why we were lucky that people turned on their porch light when they heard us coming up the sidewalk and they sure as heck didn't leave that one light all all evening for the kids, much less provide scads of colored lights, scary creatures hanging on the sides or front of their houses either! Maybe back then some kids, some families would have a pumpkin with a face carved in it and a candle lit, seated in the center of that pumpkin, but that tended to be the extent of the Halloween decor back then!
Today, if Mandy or Bill carves up two of the pumpkins Mandy bought at a big local farm about a week or two ago and tries to put a candle in it and set it out by our front stoop, you can pretty much be guaranteed that the morning after Trick or Treat night, that pumpkin will be laying all broken apart on the sidewalk and out front, on the street that goes in front of our house!
And, if either Maya or Kurtis happens to wake up and see those pretty pumpkins all smashed up too the morning after, they're gonna be two upset little kids and for what -what does that prove by shattering something the little kids -and some adults too -enjoy doing for the Halloween holiday??
Makes me wonder there -a lot -about what kind of society are we becoming that people have to destroy other people's property in the guise of having a good time.
Makes not a lick of sense to me.