Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween Eve...

It is the perfect evening to prepare for goblins and haints. The day was warm and sunny, but by the time I arrived home from school, dark thick clouds had rolled in and the north wind had picked up. It was eerie, enough so that I looked over my shoulder onece, twice before carrying my briefcase and such into the garden gate.

My voice mail was full of young voices looking for extra pieces to costumes for tomorrow night...I think I must be known as the costume lady for the neighborhood.

Last night was our town celebration of Steuben County Read. Julia Meek, NIPR radio personality, was our guest speaker. She shared Haitian folkloric traditions as well as stories. I, of course, spent the evening sharing stories with her as we enjoyed the Haitian dinner provided by the Read committee. Our book is Mountain Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

It was a wonderful evening. I love living in town so that I can walk to enjoy these programs. When the evening came to a close, I gathered up my black cape and made my way home enjoying the Halloween sights and sounds in the neighborhood.

Tomorrow night I will come home to light pumpkins and be ready for greeting the trick or treaters that will permeate the darkened streets of Angola.

Lou Ann Homan-Saylor lives in Angola, Indiana which is nestled in the hills of Northern Indiana. When she is home at the White Picket Gardens you can find her gardening or writing late into the night under the light of her frayed scarlet lamp. She is a storyteller, a teacher, a writer, an actress and a collector of front porch stories.