Monday, November 17, 2008

Deja-Voodoo

This has all happened before. I can sense it. Perhaps last year? Maybe. Regardless of when, I am made aware of it again and again in all its horrific detail each time I step through the front door. "Happy Halloween" greets me cheerily on the porch, but then thumps against the door to my chagrin. The banging of wood on glass serves as a chilling reminder of things left undone.

The life sized skull stares at me with hollow eyes as I pass through the foyer. The hovering hoard of hanging bats flutter gently in the breeze generated by my walk to the fridge. The strings of spiders still cling to my island light fixture, blending neatly with what must be more than a few real ones by now.

The skull lanterns still hang menacingly in our picture window, painting a vivid picture to our neighbors of a family not ready to give up the ghost . . . so to speak. The orange lights still frame our stairs and front porch, adding an unworldly feel to any strangers approach. Hell (yes, hell), even this still smirks at us from an overlooking shelf, as if done with nefarious intent.

The Halloween decorations still adorn our humble home. It is Monday night as I write this and I had every intention of taking them down this past weekend. Really, I did. Didn't happen. Someone passing by might soon begin to suspect we are The Adams Family. Or perhaps even the Munsters (the dearth of sun here in Seattle leaves us all a bit on the pale side this time of year). My procrastination is shamelessly out there for everyone in the world to see.

However, anyone who doesn't read this blog, which pretty much means everyone who is not you, will get a different story. They will hear all about how we missed Halloween this year. And a Birthday as well. No Trick-0r-Treating, No costumes, No cake.

We are just making up for it. And I suspect we will be making up for it until next weekend as well.

10 comments:

morethananelectrician said...

Just put a santa hat on the skull and some antlers on the bats and call it christmas...then you can wait another six weeks!

claresdad.com said...

I was going to suggest the same thing. But it'll give you more than six weeks. The Santa hat would be safe until mid-February at least.

SciFi Dad said...

What kind of people celebrate Christmas with Santa's skull on the table? What sort of house are you raising Lukas in?!?

Being Jake... said...

You aren't the only one, I still have a half frozen (got down to 29 last night) wilted creepy looking Jack-O-Lantern on my front porch...before long it won't really resemble a pumpkin anymore! But I just keep telling myself that I am composting and not throwing it into the landfill....(too bad that pep talk isn't working!!)

Kathy Sena said...
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Kathy Sena said...

Oops. I just realized Google/Blogger automatically links my name to my Google/Blogger account, not to Parent Talk Today. James, to find your blog on my blogroll, just go to http://www.parenttalktoday.com. Sorry for the confusion in the previous comment!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Just stick a Santa hat on it and you're good for months!

James Austin said...

@Guys - I am looking for a Santa hat now. It will be like The Nightmare before Christmas!

@Mandy - Funny. The only reason that is not once again happening at our house is because we had no Jack-O-Lanterns this year!

@Kathy - Great. Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Are you supposed to take decorations down?

James Austin said...

Yes, Ed. Eventually it is supposed to happen.