TRICK OR TREAT

It’ll be dark pretty soon, a little earlier every evening now.  Excited  children are getting  ready to go trick-or-treating.  Princesses, action heroes and heroines, all kinds of creepy creatures will be ringing doorbells, collecting hoards of candy.

There’ll probably be bonfires on beaches tonight.  Spooky stories told.  Apples bobbed for.  Does anyone still do that?  I hope so.  A messy highlight of my son’s costume party for third grade friends. He’d invited only boys — much to the annoyance of the girls in the class.  That was before he’d noticed their various charms.

Halloween’s origins can be traced back over 2,000 years to ancient Celtic harvest festivals, especially the Gaelic festival of Samhain, dedicated to remembering departed ancestors before the pagan new year began then on November 1st. In  the early Christian church, the celebration became known as All Hallows Evening (Hallows E’en) the eve of All Saints Day.  (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

Nowadays, there’s more scary stuff going around than “things that go bump in the night.”  More frightening than ghosts, mummies, skeletons, witches or zombies.  More terrifying than Norman Bates, Dracula, Freddy Kruger, Hannibal Lecter or Michael Myers.   Among them:  Climate tragedies.  Multiple mass shootings, Frequent terrorist attacks.  Threats of war and nuclear annihilation.

The fragile middle class is disappearing.  “The rich get rich and the poor get poorer” — remembering the devastating last Depression. Back to the bad old days when the lowly labored for the wealthy?  My 15-year-old Irish immigrant grandmother among them. Immigrants may be disappearing, too.

The Republicans’ trickle-down mantra has never worked before, and won’t work now. The magical solution evaporates on the way down, doesn’t reach the roots. The GOP is willing to overlook the travesty of a rude, crude, dishonest president who promised us a virtual rose garden, but only sows havoc and controversy.  As long as he signs their heartless agenda into law.

We’ve been tricked!

 

 

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5 Comments »

  1. Pamela said

    Eileen, you are so right…

    • Good to hear from you, Pam. I’m glad you agree. Still can’t understand how some people still think Trump is wonderful — even a couple of friends — who happen to have MONEY!?!
      Eileen

  2. Linda Koplovitz said

    May I repost this article on my Facebook page? I love it and my friends will too! With your permission of course. Linda -from the Goose Pond on Route 22.

    • Enjoyed meeting you, Julie and adorable Eli at Bynum Run Park. Of course, you may repost “Trick or Treat” on your Facebook page. I’m delighted with your comment! Am now in Bel Air library (my computer is kaput) tweaking it a bit — often do that after I “publish.” (Old English majors just can’t help it!?!)

      • Linda:
        P.S. Take a look at my tweaked post — if you haven’t reposted yet on Facebook, use this version. (Did first version in a hurry to get out on Halloween.)
        Eileen

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