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    Halloween Memories

    I'm old enough to remember the days of getting dressed up to go trick or treating for Halloween where we didn't have to worry or even think about candy bars with razor blades or anything tainted. The day was simply about getting dressed up and going out with your friends to the neighborhood houses. Unlike today, where you see many children with their parents and only going where they know all the people. And even then probably their parents are fairly circumspect about what candy the kids can be eating. It seems as though simpler times have forever changed. And that most definitely has something, probably a lot to do with the tragedy of September 11th of last year.

    Which I'm sure I don't need to remind you of. I think each and every one of us approached that day with trepidation. I know for myself, I don't want to give out that much energy to that monster of behemoth proportions, but I can't help finding my mind going in that direction. And in talking to many people, I'm finding that I'm not alone.

    Somehow that day made us all pull together in a more unified way than we were before it. That was a great challenge for each and every one of us, but I encourage everyone who hasn’t to do just that.

    I know firsthand what it's like to face challenges each and every day. I know how trying it can be some days, and how simple most days. My MS is a cake walk compared to what has been going on in this country and most other countries for years. And when each one of you guys stops me in the street around Gloversville, Johnstown or even Caroga Lake, to tell me what an "inspiration" I’ve been or how you enjoy this column, my answer is always the same; "I love writing this and I feel like I’m writing this to friends each week." Something about the whole country pulling together after the Twin Towers thing has made us all "friends" again. Sometimes it takes a tragedy…

    And for all of you who have kids, really get them dressed up and have them try to enjoy Halloween for the mysterious fun that it's really meant to be. Something about the start of October with the crisp snap in the air has always gotten me in the mood for Halloween fun and I’m not going to let the memory of September 11, 2001 take that away. It would be too much like giving back the power we so sorely need right here.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"