Friday, October 13, 2006
Pumpkins and Palms
The Methodists on the corner of Riberia and King in St. Augustine really have the October spirit. I was driving downtown last week after breakfast with my folks and I couldn't pass this up.
Take a look at all those great pumpkins. Imagine how it LOOKS through the eyes of that little boy in the middle picture.
It always amazes me when parents or organizations get stressed out and paranoid over Halloween, Harry Potter, goblins, witches, etc.
I want to shake them and say, " GET A LIFE! DID YOU FORGET TO TEACH YOUR KIDS A SENSE OF WONDER AND IMAGINATION? DID YOU SKIP THE PART ABOUT SEPARATING REALITY FROM FANTASY? ARE YOU RAISING LITTLE MUSH MINDS WHO CAN BE TURNED TO THE DARK SIDE BY A WITCH COSTUME AND A BAG OF CANDY?!!!"
You won't believe this, but it's true. About a dozen years ago, the county I live in banned Halloween from the public schools. No pumpkins, no Halloweeny type writing assignments, no spooks allowed ...
At the time, almost the entire school district administration went to one local church of a ... ahem ... very southern ultra conservative branch of the Christian faith. Very nice people individually, but their group mind was a closed one.
Anyway, we suffered through it for that year, but the publicity and public ridicule from the national and state news finally brought them to their senses.
At our house, (where MY evil children live) October means it's time to put up the Halloween Tree. They're big kids now, but when I mentioned our little tradition last week, there was a chorous of, " Of course we still want the Halloween tree!"
It should be up some time this weekend ...