where did Halloween go?

Ghost, ghost said our two year old granddaughter Ella as Pretty (a/k/a Nana) rolled her away in the grocery store cart from the Nana car in the parking lot toward the store entrance this afternoon. She was, of course, referring to the gigantic white ghost inflatable that had weaved and bobbed to her when we went to the same store two weeks ago. Such fun. Much laughter. Not scary.

Oh, Halloween is over, and the ghost won’t be there today, Pretty told her.

Ok, Ella replied with her favorite response to adult answers lately.

Fast forward to our ride in the car on the way home when she sat in her car seat facing backwards watching YouTube kids version on Nana’s cell phone which is clearly the best entertainment when you can’t see where you’re going. I had my customary place next to Ella in the back seat while Nana was our designated driver.

We rode past a house in her neighborhood that had been decorated with a huge display of Halloween inflatables for weeks but was now a plain typical yard like the other ones, and Ella looked out the window as we passed.

Looking directly at me with great sincerity she asked Naynay, where did Halloween go?

Pretty and I both laughed out loud but then had to come up with something, anything.

Without blinking an eye, I said Halloween was over – it had been replaced by Christmas. Pretty jumped in from the front seat to add we would have another holiday called Thanksgiving before Christmas. I was grateful.

Ok, Ella said, and went back to her Tubes.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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9 Responses to where did Halloween go?

  1. scauburn79 says:

    Ahhhh…life thru the eyes of true innocence and wonder….refreshing! Thanks for sharing! Picture is precious, too! Nan

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. Wayside Artist says:

    I feel her confusion. Fast away the holidays pass! I think there should be light up turkeys to fill the void until Christmas.

    Sweet little Ella is darling.

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    • Light up turkeys!!! Absolutely – the void is evidently vast in the eyes of some beholders. I’m good with the light up turkeys!!
      Thanks, Ann. We have her to light us up on a regular basis!


  3. Bob Slatten says:

    I only wish we could wait until one holiday is over before decorating for the next …I’m looking at you Lowes, with all your Christmas stuff out!!!

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  4. Luanne says:

    Tiger saw that pretty kitty and jumped on the keyboard. I have to start over haha. I love how June described Ella as a bright spark! So true! What fun to hang around with her!!! Where did Halloween go? That old car lot of used holidays? Then we shine it up again next year?

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