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"Will You Be My Neighbour?"

Here’s the skinny. I’m walking home from work when I notice a man of about middle age across from a jack-o-lantern display. I would have turned away and kept walking were it not for the fact that he carried a large white sign that proclaimed DO AWAY WITH HALLOWEEN. Even better, he very very much resembled Fred Rogers.

For those of you who are new here, I love Halloween. It’s even more exciting than Christmas to me. So saying I was a tad disturbed by this would be an understatement. After the debacle with the two McCain supporters, you’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now.

You would think.

So yet again I meander up to this protester and ask him what issue he takes with this holiday.

Kendall versus the Protester. Take Two. Ohhhhh…LET’S GET READY TO RUMMMMBLE!

Me: Excuse me Sir, but what does Satan have to do with Halloween?

Mr. Rogers: It is a Pagan holiday and has no place in a Christian country.

Me: I suppose that logic makes sense were it not for two things.

Mr. Rogers: And what would those be, young man?

Me: One, this isn’t a Christian country. Two, one of the biggest holidays of the Christian calendar started off as a pagan holiday.

Mr. Rogers: Son, words change meaning all the time. Christmas is no longer a pagan holiday. I personally do not see the good in it from a spiritual or mental point of view.

Me: I think Halloween has become our one holiday where there is no better meaning. It’s just meant to be fun.

Mr. Rogers: On that we agree, however, I don’t feel comfortable with the fact there is nothing to really celebrate. It’s merely an excuse to scare the dickens out of other folks.

Me: I can respect that stance. I’ve known families who would do other things on Halloween since they didn’t agree with it. But now that I think about it, I think there is a greater lesson to Halloween.

Mr. Rogers: And what would that be Son?

Me: That no one should take themselves too seriously.

And the Mr. Rogers look-alike chuckled at that one, agreeing on this point. We ended up chatting for a few more minutes until I said I had to go.

Me: Sir, may I ask you a question?

Mr. Rogers: Go right ahead.

Me: Will you be my neighbour?

Mr. Rogers threw his head back and laughed. He looked at me with a smile and said, “I get that a lot.”

So today I learned the meaning of Halloween. Or puzzled it out I suppose would be more accurate. At least it’s better than waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise. Poor Linus.

The moral of today’s story? Don’t take yourself so seriously. If only for this one night of the year.

And in the spirit of that lesson, I shall leave you with a rather appropriate song from my favourite movie of all time.

Happy Halloween Folks!

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  1. Diane
    October 31, 2008 at 2:26 AM

    I love how you add an extra ‘u’ sometimes (as in neighbour as opposed to neighbor), like the Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, and Canadians πŸ™‚

  2. txmomsingleinmi
    October 31, 2008 at 2:44 AM

    I like that guy. He actually seemed to realize he might be a little over the top with his sign and all. Well, at least he accepted the possible validity to your opposing ideas. What a great exchange the two of you had!

    But I disagree with you on the reason for Halloween. It’s all about the CANDY!!!

  3. j
    October 31, 2008 at 3:27 AM

    I love how you always say what is on your mind! I’m definitely too shy for that.

    I love that movie too!! Happy Halloween!!

    p.s. I don’t mind commenting on your blog because I love reading it! Don’t ever stop writing =].

  4. The Odd Duck
    October 31, 2008 at 3:51 AM

    Diane – My friends love to pick on me for it as I do it in IM conversations.

    Tricia – He did, I wish I had taken a picture of him. I seriously did a double take on the street. I don’t really like candy (more a pastry person) so that isn’t all that important to me.

    Jess – I used to be shy but that was very very long ago. Everyone should see that movie at least once. Aww, thank you dear. I don’t intend to stop writing.

  5. Tricia
    October 31, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    I’m not a big candy person either…well, except on the occasions that I need a chocolate fix. And that’s not all that often.

    I guess I was just speaking on behalf of all the little children out there!

  6. Mel
    October 31, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Oh – I think you ARE the great pumpkin!

  7. Miss Tiff
    October 31, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    I love how you asked the Mr. Rogers look alike if he would be your neighbour. Fantastic. Laughed out loud about that. πŸ™‚

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