Greetings and welcome to the new month! So excited to be here after all the little angels, prince and princesses, plus goblins and ghosts. Then, there was just you and me, wishing for some of that good candy that was being given away on Halloween!

Greetings and welcome to the new month! So excited to be here after all the little angels, prince and princesses, plus goblins and ghosts. Then, there was just you and me, wishing for some of that good candy that was being given away on Halloween!

Just seeing those little characters in their costumes brought back memories of long ago Halloweens when my children were young. Gee, that was a long time ago and here, what a miracle! I can recall it all very vividly on many of those spooky parties for Halloween!

I recall being so tired from popping large pans of popcorn and making popcorn balls, along with various colors of kool-aid! Heck, I don’t even think they make kool-aid any more and back then, I had to keep a gallon jar full of it all the time, because all the neighborhood children would gather around my “kids,” and after running and playing Hide-n-go-seek, here they’d come ohhh, sooo thirsty!

Moms, don’t you recall those years? On Halloween night, mother would prepare a large pan of popcorn balls to give the trick-or-treaters and gee, after one child got a popcorn ball, Mother wouldn’t get to sit down until they were all gone! They went like hotcakes on a Saturday brunch!

After hearing footsteps running through the house, with piercing screams, I would sneak back in the bathroom and re-start my Halloween record in the corner of the bathroom and when the light was turned on, on came that spooky record. I had put in a very small bulb which had been covered to where one could barely see to find the commode seat!

Oh, those were the years when I would finally say: “Well, HELLO MIDNIGHT! Where has slumber ran off to at this hour of the beginning of a new day, and what is it, “Twenty-four hours, did you say? No, no, no! No way! Well, I have a suggestion, Lord, just make that little angel and that old devil run away to sleepy time! I didn’t want to ruin a good night’s sleep, so often my prayer during those party years for my children and the neighborhood children, would be: “Oh, dear Lord, help me make it through this evening, resting my tired body for the upcoming new day!”

Now, no one is around and not even a sound in the neighborhood could be heard. All the children are grown and moved away, leaving the old house to rot and decay. The families don’t live close together any more, not like they used to, such as, “Hey, will you watch the “kids,” while I make a run to the store, as I’m cooking supper and out of flour to make the gravy. Yeah, you’ll come on over later, as i killed the old red rooster, so we are having chicken-n-dumplings!

Does all of my ramblin’ remind you or bring back memories of childhood or your early days of marriage or when raising the children? Those children are now grandparents, and live so far away, while we age, grow old, and wait for the phones to ring, and they ask: “Well, how was your day?”

Then, we manage to pull up a cheerful laugh and let them know, “Oh, I’m just fine, just waiting for the mailman to run. I kind of thought I might get a letter or two from some of the family. Yeah, sure, I’m making it okay and no, no one has called today. What was that, what did you say? Oh, no, I’m not getting hard of hearing; no, I don’t need hearing aids, it must have been some noise on the telephone that caused me not to hear what you were saying.”

Does any of this sound familiar? Well, if it does, there’s room for more of you savvy senior citizens to come down to the Shawnee Senior Citizen’s Center and bring your wife or lady friend, or your buddy, neighbor, or that gentleman that lives down the street. Let me tell you, there is always someone to talk to, and around up the hall, you can hear the pool stick hitting the ball and dominoes being shuffled across the table. And, there’s always some one around that you can chat with and get a cup of coffee while you enjoy each other’s company.

Well, I guess it’s about time to stop rambling around trying to stick my nose in your personal plans, but if you get lonely or hungry, just come on down, Monday through Friday, between eight a.m. to five p.m. Always carry a couple of “bucks” with you, just so you can eat a hot breakfast and/or lunch!

Have a great week and try recalling some of your Halloween parties and antics and share them with a family member or friend.

Psalms 34:11 - “Come ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”