As a kid, I got to trick-or-treat. It’s what a kid thinks of as being cool. I have my mother’s skill–at times she lent assistance to costumes that helped me fit in for the walkabout going door-to-door.
I think it always seemed to feel shorter than it was. The other disappointment was reaching adolescence. It was no longer very advisable to try trick-or-treating if you were too big for your breeches. You’d see those porch lights go dark.
Four years ago my father decided that in his retirement years he would take on the responsibility of operating a little cemetery on the outskirts of town (doesn’t that sound like it’s from a horror script or something of that kind?) and we are partners in the cemetery’s operation, although generally speaking, he is the boss. Is it ghoulish?
Well, it kind of is. Not everybody could handle it. For me, it is nice to be part of an operation of that kind, and I feel I’m inclined to do it.
November 28 is known among not-for-profits as Giving Tuesday, and it is like a holiday for charities, when they ask for gifts. There’s only a couple of things that are pressing on us.
For example, when the car lost control and drove into the tree out by the church, it tapped the sign for the church and one of the legs of the sign was cracked nearly in two. Getting a new sign would be nice, although our budget is strictly limited to operations. It does require replacement, however.
We don’t make much doing what we do. It isn’t entirely true that we scrape by, but we’re not getting rich.
We’re comfortable and we’re honest, given that we deal with funeral practices on a regular basis and we understand that discretion is required, as is respect and common decency. We’re Christian people.
It isn’t necessary to help, but if you have any interest in the ghoulish, and you would like to help by becoming a fan of our Facebook page, retweeting my tweets about November 28, or reblogging this post, you are welcome to leave a comment expressing that you would like to be a Maple Lawn Cemetery ambassador. We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouthUnited and my twitter handle is @findingenvirons We also have a website that you can click through to see with http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/
Although Giving Tuesday is six years running, this is the first year I’ve decided to try my hand at participating in it. It’s not a race, it’s just that with the damaged sign, and even the wear and tear on the John Deere that I employ to assist with the operation of the cemetery, any help at all would be appreciated. If you are a freelance creative, and you work for cheap, you are welcome to inquire if you think your talent would fit in with what my father and I are doing on the Internet.
Naturally, even if your thoughts for the season are all about Hallmark, I understand completely, and you are more than welcome to like this post or even to follow the blog.
Have an amazing Halloween in 2017, and maybe we’ll even see you back in 2018. I wish you good tidings.