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Mrs. T's Gift

November 04, 2004

My reflections of this past weekend centered on a kaleidoscope of happenings that continually play the heartstrings of this town. At the Halloween Haunt at LCE, Amy Heidemann's friend Laura, from Minnesota, said, "This is the busiest town in America." I betcha anything that what Laura meant by 'busy' was involvement; doing, and giving. By putting Laura's comment in context, it was easy to see the tremendous efforts of the moms and dads to make the Halloween Haunt such a great success.

Because of Mrs. T's unexpected appearance in that little patio near Zeli's, I knew what to look for; writing this piece would be easy after all. Thus, my sharpened sense of awareness carried me well into Halloween night.

Molly Quiring's house was the culmination of the weekend and represented a group of people sharing gifts. It was a Halloween open house with families coming and going; older children helping the younger ones through the 'maze;' with laughter, excitement and frivolity.

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Maybe the answer lies in small and simple things, the community. We're always on the brink toward greater revelations and it seems as though there are just a few loose ends missing. Maybe all that it takes is a glance toward our neighbor and we will find what we seek.

Thoreau says, "It's surprising to know how many great people a small house will contain. I've had many souls under my roof, and yet we often parted without being aware that we had come very near one another."

Thanks, Mrs. T, for the idea and the gift! I closed my computer, the day was still young, and I headed for the hills.

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