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As a child, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I loved the spooky atmosphere, the smell of the crisp October nights, and most of all…trick-or-treating! Even to this day, I still wish I could dress up and go door to door with the kids, but the rules of "adult" behavior and living in South Mississippi prevent this. I could see it now…I'd get about 2 blocks and be A. Strung up B. Committed or C. Committed and then Strung up. Anyway, with the holiday quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to see how many of you remember this tride and true poem that was always a favorie of the children of "my time". Enjoy!
James Whitcomb Riley – Little Orphant Annie
INSCRIBED WITH ALL FAITH AND AFFECTION
To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.
Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Awesome, JD! And it was nice to hear your voice again on the radio last week!
I'll add my two cents on Halloween…
When we were young my sister's husband lived right in the middle of the city of Alcoa…about 1/2 mile away from my Aunt Betty. My mother deposited us safely at the Mulls' house, in costume and we traversed the streets (with a pillowcase, not the TINY bags kids take out now) until we made it to our aunt's doorstep.
When we got to Aunt Betty's house with cold toes and fingers we would divest ourselves of our costumes, usually just "ghost" sheets, she would put newspaper out on the living room floor and we would dump our Treats out and survey the plunder. We had apples, unwrapped cookies and popcorn balls in our bags. All the candy corn went to our Uncle Jack (RIP). Those were the best of times. In retrospect, the only danger we ever heard of was razor blades in the apples…we never found on when our Mom cut them open for us.
It is unfortunate that children today cannot experience the joy of dressing up, setting off on a Halloween Journey and then warming up in a friendly environment to trade candy like we used to do.
To all the people that make that impossible…BOO!
That said…I am off to watch "The Nightmare Before Christmas"…or…"The Rocky Horror Picture Show".
Ahh Halloween, I remember being sent on my way Pillow case in hand and a flashlight wandering the streets raking in the candy. Visiting peoples haunted homes was always fun and finding out which houses to skip from the other T or T'rs made the candy take more efficient /rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /> the kids nowadays are missing all the fun /tongue.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':P' />
*sniff sniff* I cant believe its over already"! I dont want to wait another year for Halloween, I want it again. what a bummer! I say we start a campain to have 2 Halloweens a year! who's with me?
I'm with you….
Hey…some people celebrate Christmas in July…..why not Halloween in April? /biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='' />
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