Thursday, October 27, 2005

Close to Nowhere
By Linda Jones

My ghost story

• Fall is one of my favorite times of the year ( I also love spring and summer -- I do not enjoy cold!)

Sometimes, I think I like fall better even than spring -- the colors are wonderful and the holidays are fantastic!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all -- but there’s just something about Halloween that’s so much fun!

I loved trick--or-treating as a child and was almost always a ghost -- I think I love ghosts, but never having actually met one, I’m not 100 percent sure.

I do think I have seen a ghost though. And I wasn’t alone, so maybe....

Eons ago, when Pop and I were teenagers we hung around in the same “crowd” which included my best friend Cecilia. This particular fall/Halloween, Pop and I hadn’t started dating yet, but we were both in the group of about 10 or so.

There were a couple cars of us and since it was fall/Halloween, we were “visiting” a deserted church that one of us knew about. It had a great cemetery and was back off the main road with lots of trees, so it was appropriately spooky.

We were all either sitting on the front steps or milling around the front area when one of us looked up and said something like “Uh-oh, maybe we’d better go.”

We all looked and there, down by the road, climbing over the split rail fence, was a strange man.

As he was walking up the front grassy area toward the church, we all piled in the cars and drove down the long driveway.

And then the strangest thing -- most of us looked over and back to see what the man was doing and he wasn’t there -- neither was the split rail fence...

I can’t remember if I was scared or not, but Cecilia and I never went back to a deserted cemetery at night again!

• This Thanksgiving my niece and her family are coming to spend the holiday with us again. They haven’t been able to come in several years, so we’re all excited about being together on Thanksgiving again.

My niece, who we have called Sister since she was born, and I have been planning the menu for several weeks now.

We both want to use new recipes and new ingredients and have lots of different stuff.

Yet, whenever Sister and I start talking “turkey” and what to go with it, we keep coming back to the same foods -- turkey and dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce (it must be the kind in the can!), potato salad, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and the most important -- next day turkey sandwiches!

Must be Thanksgiving!

• It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

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