This week’s Spin Cycle is Halloween. Something I really know little about. Halloween has always been a really strange “holiday” for me. It’s just not my thing. It’s nothing against anyone who chooses to celebrate Halloween. I’ve just always chosen not to. It’s a matter of personal preference.
I’ve always had a weird relationship with it. I mean I just don’t “get it”. I don’t understand it. I do consider myself Christian and as a Christian I don’t understand why anyone who is would celebrate it. Like I said… purely a personal belief and I have nothing against those who choose to celebrate it. I just choose not to.
This was one of those real “sore spots” early in our marriage and in our girls childhoods. I tried to enjoy Halloween and let my kids do the whole “Halloween thing” and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I couldn’t even allow myself to give out candy to other people’s kids on Halloween in good conscious. I know most of you can’t and won’t understand how I feel and most of you probably feel it’s without basis. As hubby used to always argue with me “It’s for the kids! It’s so they can have fun and dress up!” Can’t they dress up some other day? As something other than ghouls and goblins and demons and unsavory stuff? In my own personal opinion, I just feel like it goes against everything God stands for. To me, it represents everything the opposite of God and good.
I tried and tried to explain to hubby how I felt and he just couldn’t understand it. His stance was it was just pretend and made up and fun for the kids. I finally explained it to him the only way that I figured he could understand it. I warn you ahead of time, it’s a pretty gross and graphic explanation but I think he got the picture.
I told hubby to imagine a turd on a plate. Yes, I said turd… people, dog…. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s a real turd. Take that turd and put it on the prettiest plate you can find and cover it with ice cream and whipped cream and sprinkles and caramel and chocolate sauce. Cover it until it’s so covered with stuff that you can’t see the turd anymore. It may look really good and appealing and with all that stuff it might even smell appealing. BUT… when you dig that fork down into it… it’s STILL a turd!
That’s the way I feel about Halloween. It’s (in my opinion) a gross holiday…. It goes against God and everything he stands for. Sure it’s fun for the kids and they get candy and get to dress up and pretend to be something different, but… when you dig under the surface… it’s still (in my opinion) evil. I can’t help the way I feel. It’s just an opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. Opinions are like assholes. Everyone’s got one. You don’t have to like mine but I still have the right to have it.
But let’s end this on a funner note. I can’t think of any good Halloween pranks but I used to work with this really mild mannered guy that seemed pretty serious most of the time. He was usually the first one to work and the last one to leave. But he liked a good time and he did like to pull pranks and usually did so on April 1st, without fail. The first April 1st that I worked with him, I came in to work and checked my voicemail and sat down at my computer to start work (I turned my computer off every night at work) and turned on the computer. I signed on and when I went to open my first program and my cursor would not move. I’m sitting there moving my mouse all around and nothing happened. I tried everything and couldn’t get it to work. I finally did the whole control/alt/delete thing to restart my computer thinking that for some reason it just didn’t recognize the mouse and same results.
I checked all my connections, unhooked my computer, the whole nine yards. Then from the other office I can hear my boss snickering. I call out to him to find out what’s going on and he yells back “April Fools!” Then he walks back out to my office and turns over my mouse (which I never even thought to do) and he had taped the roller ball in place and left a little note with a smiley face and his initials. He had gone to the trouble to go around to everyone’s computer in the whole place when everyone had left the night before and left them their little “gift”. I loved working with him! What a guy!