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Halloween Sucks Because We’re Desensitized

Halloween used to be my second favorite holiday…but recently, it’s fallen a bit.  Halloween isn’t as fun when you aren’t surrounded by kids.  That’s why I’m excited to go to Mike’s brother and sister-in-law’s house this weekend to see all their cute little kids in their costumes.  It’s such an exciting time!

Halloween has fallen a bit simply because nothing is shocking anymore.  It used to be about the fear.  I loved the fear.  I loved when watching Michael Jackson’s Thriller would get my heart racing and I’d be afraid to look behind the shower curtain for weeks.  And now when I watch it, I think, “That’s not that scary.”

I know that part of this is because I’ve grown up and a lot of myths have been debunked.  Part of me likes that because as I become more aware of my surroundings, I don’t work myself into a tizzy. But by becoming more aware of my surroundings, I’ve also noticed how terrible reality can be sometimes.

The other reason that I don’t think Thriller is scary anymore is probably because the world has gotten scarier than movies, videos, or TV shows.  The stuff that happens in real life is much scarier than Halloween.  I think that’s sad.  But have a Happy Halloween.  Let the kids enjoy it before they realize how scary the world is.  Nothin’ wrong with a little pranking, either.  🙂

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Daily Happenings

 

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Poor Jakey…

Lately I’ve been reading Coop:  A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry.

Last night I got to a part that shook me to my soul.  Perry’s nephew Jake drowns in a pond.  The sheer magnitude of the situation is enough to startle you, but the way that Perry writes about it…it gave me chills.

You don’t expect it.  Everything is going so wonderfully in the book.  It’s here I have to marvel at the chapter that comes before Jakey’s death.  Perry is cradling newborn daughter Jane to his chest while all his nieces, nephews, and friends’ children run around him–including Jakey.

Jakey who thought he had to whisper to the stars.  Jakey who thought the moon was a cookie.  Jakey who tipped his tractors upright like in the movie Cars.  Jakey who died too young.

This scares the hell out of me and I don’t even have children.  To make matters worse, Jakey’s father (Perry’s brother) Jed lost his first wife, Sarah, after only seven weeks of marriage.  She was in a car accident, and Jed, who is a volunteer firefighter and EMT, was first on the scene.  Can you imagine?  Trying to save your wife of seven weeks, losing her, and then finding love again only to lose your firstborn son to a pond.

It’s not fair…

I promise for a happier post tomorrow.

That is all.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Daily Happenings

 

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