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.
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.
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 hasnt
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" Ive been or how you
enjoy this column, my answer is always the same; "I love
writing this and I feel like Im 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
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 Im 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.
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"