For many people here in the United States yesterday was “Halloween.” This is normally a day when little kids (and adults who like to act like little kids) go door to door to houses, ring the doorbells and say “Trick or treat” in hopes of receiving candy or other goods. Unfortunately, this tradition appears to have lost some steam. No one came to my house yesterday and I did not see many kids or parents wandering the streets. it feels as though the tradition is fizzling out. I think it started years ago when some maniacs decided to “taint or poison” the candy they were giving out. Then people began talking about the “devilish tradition of how Halloween started” and they claimed that they couldn’t support anything that practically “worshipped the devil.” While I can understand that and even relate to it I still believe that a tradition shouldn’t be based on the negatives of the past, bur rather on the implications of the present. If this turns out to be a fun night for kids, then what do kids need to know of the past history? To most of them it won’t make a bit of difference. People have voiced their reservations about traditions like Valentines Day as well. They shot it down claiming that love should be celebrated each and every day. While that may be true, why downplay a day that can make a lot of people happy? Christmas has not been the same since I was a little kid. People don’t have the money for extravagant gifts and often people get upset if they don’t get what they desire. Then there is Easter, which according to some experts didn’t even happen on the day we celebrate it. The easiest thing in the world to do is bring out the negativity in traditions. You can probably find something bad in just about everything if you try hard enough. However, if it can bring a smile to someone’s face then why ignore it? Halloween around my way has not been the same for the past couple of years. Yes, it can be a cruel world waiting out there and we have to beware. Unfortunately, that thought applies to just about “anything else we may encounter as well.” We can’t be afraid to live life. I was feeling under the weather yesterday, but a lot of times on Halloween I would go out with a card pinned to my jacket simply stating “In reality I am a 5 foot 2 blonde woman.” EVERYBODY said they loved my costume (smile). This is why it is so important to have fun in life. I sincerely hope we don’t let others steal our joy… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly and Linda Carter (The lady who played the original Wonder Woman)