Why I Love Halloween

Why I Love Halloween

It's given me some great memories
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I have always loved Halloween...even more than Christmas. You don't have to worry about buying gifts or spending too much money. All you have to do is come up with a costume. I've never been able to sew and I'm not crafty enough to make a costume, but I love doing make-up. I've been some strange things for Halloween. My favorite and "old stand by" has been Beetlejuice. You can just wing that costume, as long as your make-up is done right you are good to go.

One year I was very into reading strange books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Still Life with Woodpeckers" and "A Clockwork Orange" I chose to be Malcolm McDowell's character Alex from the movie "A Clockwork Orange" because when my friend and I were looking through her closet, we found a set of white long johns. Alex was wearing them throughout the film. The film was a very controversial movie from back in the 1970's and still is today. It is a cult classic. To this day, I've never see anyone dressed as that for Halloween.

It was an easy costume:one false eyelash, a bowler hat, combat boots and a black umbrella (a jock strap is optional.) It turned out to be the best Halloween party I ever went to. The house that it was at, was rented to 5 college students. They all contributed their own strange ideas to the decor. As poor college students no one wanted to spend any money so we used whatever we found. The furniture in the living room belonged to the landlord. We were afraid it would get ruined so we moved it into the garage. The wood floor was already ruined, so only 2 things that remained were two motorcycles. Later on they were used to drive to the keg!

It's also the mischief of Halloween that was so much fun as a kid. Another Halloween that sticks out in my mind was when I was much younger. I took the bus home with my friend who lived near 20 obnoxious boys that used to tease all the girls on my bus. One of them had been friends with my brother and I had a crush on him. He suddenly out of nowhere called my friend's house and asked to speak to me. He invited me and my friend over to his house, because he was having a small party. We went, of course.

Suddenly 20 boys jumped out of the bushes and covered us in shaving cream and eggs! It was so much fun because they started to bombard each other too. Neighbors heard the laughter and more of my friends came out to join the fun. The girls ganged up on the boys and got even. The whole street and lawn was covered in white Barbasol. It was a party without invitations, food or alcohol...just pure fun!

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.
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I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

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To My Ex-Best Friend

Everything doesn’t last forever!

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In the beginning, it was a great friendship! I thought it was going to last for years and even forever. I could see you being a part of my future like being a part of my wedding, around my children, etc.

There were different signs in the beginning, but I never wanted to pay attention to them. I kept making excuses for situations I knew was wrong.

I had never had a friend like you before, so I wanted to maintain it.

Little did I know, it wasn't a friendship that I needed to stay in. It constantly felt like a full-time job trying to be your friend, and it often seemed like you never appreciated it.

There were many reasons that made me come to the conclusion that this was not a friendship that needed to last for too long.

1. I was always the one that initiated for us to hang out

2. Once you got another boyfriend, you acted like you no longer needed a friend anymore

3. You constantly put me on the back burner until you needed something or someone to talk to

4. Our friendship constantly made me feel like I was on an emotional roller coaster

5. I wouldn't miss talking to you whenever we would stop talking because you were rude to me

  • If I can stop talking to you easily and not miss you, then that means our friendship wasn't that significant as I thought it was.
  • I don't hate you, and I don't resent you. In fact, I thank you and appreciate what you did. Although it didn't end well, I still got to experience having a close friend for a period of time. Because of you, I also know what I want in a friend and what I won't tolerate in a friendship!

    I wish nothing but the best for you, and I hope you find a friend just like you!

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