I started writing this October 2019 and just now have gotten back to finish it. I have been so sad the last 4 Halloweens. There have been fewer and fewer children going door to door because people feel it is not safe anymore. The sense of community is gone. The times of knowing your neighbors, block parties and just enjoying each other’s company has dissipated over time like a mist in the heat of summer.
We used to have fun. We used to laugh. We used to hug and never be afraid to say what needed to be said. We walk on tip toes over broken glass just so we don’t offend, and we numb our brains with mediocrity. No discussion, no debate. People used to be able to argue and still think, used to be able to discuss and disagree, but understand there are different viewpoints, and we need to learn from each other. Now it is all uniform, monochromatic colors and dialogue. You must stay in the lines; you must always agree and how dare you think differently from me.
I hope to see the days again where we talked and walked with each other. Helped raise each other’s children. Laughed and learned with and from each other. Maybe someday it will happen again.
2 thoughts on “Sad Halloween”
I was so happy to see that you had a blog post today!! Congratulations on taking the big step to get back to writing!! I’m so proud and happy for you!!
I’m right there with you in the sadness of how community is falling away and safety is becoming a huge concern. Just this year, my husband set out to take our three youngest out to walk around the neighborhood. He literally only got around the first corner when a van stopped right by them and a kind gentleman got out and said that it wasn’t safe to be walking around in our area. He gave each of the children five dollars and my husband a twenty and said to go back home and enjoy being safe there, with candy you could buy from the store. It made my heart sad that we don’t live in a neighborhood where I could safely allow my babies out to enjoy something as beautiful as Trick or Treating on Halloween, something I always did as a kid.
There is so much good to be found in the world in the advancements that technology has brought for us. But for all the advancement that technology enables, it is incredibly mind-blowing how backwards our society is that created that technology. We don’t use our capabilities to uplift and protect the people, but rather to divide and separate us into smaller and smaller groups that live in fear of everyone and every moment. It’s just not a pretty picture that can be painted for what the real world is like these days.
No matter how bad the world is, I hold out hope that someday, somehow, the world will see how bad of a direction it is heading and take the very real steps that are needed to make a better place for everyone and all alike. That’s the hope I keep deep in my heart.
Sending love to you Pavanneh. So happy to see you blogging again!
Thank you for the wonderful response and support. It means a great deal to me. I want to continue to write and I am so glad to see you are still writing. I hope we both have wonderful things to write and to share. I am looking forward to it.