Helping my 11-year-old nephew get ready for his first day back to school reminded me of my own school days, when the excitement of 'I'm going back to school!' was tempered by the stomach flu-ey feeling of 'oh crap I'm going back to school!'
But honestly, when you're a Hallowe'en kid in a Hallowe'en family, the end of Summer blues are merely a temporary set back. By the middle of September you're planning your costume and and awaiting the Great Pumpkin (and don't tell me you didn't). Those blues become orange & black so quickly.
Here are some things which always meant 'school's back in session and October's on the way' for me.
Can't you still taste these?:
Pee Chee. Two for a quarter. Ready to draw your costume ideas on the track stars. And seriously, who didn't think that the tennis player smacked the football guy, who fell onto the other football guy, and the guys underneath were running to get out of the way?
But 'back to school' is always a sure sign of back to Hallowe'en.
Don't worry, I'm not going to turn the Skull & Pumpkin into one of the million 70's nostalgia sites out there.
It shall remain merely one of the million Hallowe'en blogs out there.
Since you're relaxing here at the pub, take a moment to think back to your school days, those early Fall days when mornings came too early but evenings couldn't get there soon enough; when the hints of Autumn in the air stopped being hints and declared themselves openly; when a boring lesson would become exciting simply because you suddenly remembered that October was coming, and bringing with it the best day of the year.
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