Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween!  Though, its not quite the same as when I was younger, Halloween still brings back great memories!  My mom used to decorate for every holiday, so our house was always festive with orange and black decorations, pumpkins and sweet treats.  Now I would prefer a good carmel apple and non-scary Halloween movie, to getting dressed up and trick-or-treating.  Tonight though, R and I will be spending the evening having dinner with friends and not in costume

In the Halloween spirit, I was also reminded of a poem that I had memorized when I was in elementary school (and read aloud to the class...scary!).  I grew up loving reading, and had a good family friend to really encourage it, along with memorization.  I only remembered bits and pieces of it, but I was overjoyed to find it on google and reread it!

So a little Halloween poetry, along with our costumes from this weekend.

ITTLE Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you

Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
-James Whitcomb Riley, "Little Orphant Annie" 

R as Smacks Frog and me as Toucan Sam

Moz as the Kellogs Corn Flakes Rooster.  Him wearing this costume lasted only long enough to take this picture.

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