Friday, October 31, 2008

halloween #2


with the clock striking
12:01 am
and november 1st
staring me in the face
and the kids finally quieted
in their beds
halloween (#2)
draws to a close.

that freshly carved jack-o-lantern
burning nearby
that whiff of tonight's loot
that by closing my eyes
takes me back 25 years
to the good old days
when i was dumping out
my orange plastic pumpkin
on the family room floor
and rooting around
for those butterfingers
my favorite.


the night didn't start off
on the right foot,
what with accidentally locking avi
and my keys
to the car and the house and everything
in the car along with my phone.
frantically borrowing
a phone to call alex
who couldn't answer,
and then to dial the only number
i know by heart
my father-in-law's
and finally getting
a mother-in-law
to bring her set of house keys over
to get the
extra set of car keys
to rescue the poor sad baby
from the locked, dark car


but that was all
soon forgotten
(or so i'd like to think)
by the time we made it
to the embassy compound
to relive
the old traditions
that are
hard to come by around here.


and that pumpkin,
oh, that gorgeous round pumpkin!
which are also 
so hard to come by around here--
they are all oblong
and no good
for the art of
jack-o-lanting--
i found her in that old
grocery store at least
a month ago
and admired her ever since
awaiting the day
(and praying she would last)
i could carve her up
to her beauty
bake her seeds
and then throw her in the oven
to become a scrumptious soup.


look at how happy she is
about that.

and how happy i am
to pass on these
meaningless yet festive
and romantic holiday traditions
to my children.

5 comments:

mer said...

So fun! Has Alex caved into the love of Halloween yet ;). I know he'll give in someday if not already. If he ever dresses up, we must see pics. Yours is ending while ours is just beginning. Happy Halloween!

lyn said...

Somehow we missed decorating pumpkins this year. I locked myself out of the house today. I don't know that I have ever done that before. It was almost an hour before Virgil arrived home to "save" us.

JaneH said...

There is something about old traditions and childhood memories that are great to look back on, kinda reliving the past. Guess we have all have locked our self out sometime or another. How lucky you were that Masha had a key to your place

Justin said...

Nice carving dude. How is it you're so good at everything you do? Even pumpkin carving???!!!??? Looks like a blast. You carved at least one more pumpkin than us. But seeing yours does bring back the memories- newspapers spread out and 5 kids hacking up orange mini-ovals from another failed year in the family garden.

OnGod'sErrand said...

What a scarey day! but, glad everything turned out okay.