The Suitcase Lady


October 25, 2011, 9:21 pm

Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins’ gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.
         -Shel Silverstein

I’m in almost total agreement with Shel Silverstein. Many years ago, when I first read this poem, its truth hit me like a thunderbolt. For magic to happen, I will have to work. On the other hand, I won’t be sitting around waiting for some no-show fairy godmother to appear.

The witching time is nearing, and there is work to be done. My sleek black witch dress ( a thirty year old party gown) needs airing. I definitely must head to Goodwill to find a new witch hat. Then the perfect pumpkin has to be selected from our local pumpkin wagon which works on the honor system … money is put in the unattended cash box which sits on a hay bale. Halloween cards need to be made and treats baked. And, finally, the CD of Danse Macabre must be dusted off.

I’m hoping for a magical night. Only one ingredient is missing: luck can’t be conjured up with work. With luck, all the pieces will fall into place.

Happy Haunting.

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