October 21, 2012

Halloween is Almost Here


Something wonderful happens toward the end of every October. The awful Mississippi heat finally subsides a bit, the horror films I love fill cable TV, and the local Southern Baptists go into hiding, worried that their children might succumb to demonic influences. Yes, it seems that those primitive beliefs persist in spite of all the progress we have made in so many areas. Is it any wonder that this is my favorite time of year?

It snuck up on me this year, as it often does. I've been so busy at work that I barely had a chance to notice that October was here. In fact, it didn't finally hit me until yesterday when I was outside cleaning up fallen leaves and doing other yard work.

I almost always find myself feeling better this time of year. I have more energy, feel more optimistic, and seem to enjoy doing things I haven't done in a while. It is a brief respite until the crass commercialism and Christian privilege of certain other holidays take center stage. Still, it is a respite I look forward to each year and one that never lasts long enough.

Now if only I can manage to find that perfect horror film that might actually give me a bit of a scare, I'd be set.