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October's Gift

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October's Gift

It is October again, but I have another in mind
One long ago, and it brings tender memories
It wasn't the usual, of Halloween kind
Of parties and goblins, of which there were many

It was a year of some changes, our family had moved
I was ten years old...struggling and shy
A small little town, I'd been replanted and torn 
It was late in October...now uprooted and more...
A different school....a country lane....no close neighbors next door

On Halloween night, it rained and it poured
The end of the world...I was unhappy and bored
Leaving what had been home, familiar and sure
Where our old street had been filled
With Halloween thrills
Here in the country, ...no one came to the door

I was dressed to go out...but storms plagued the night
My mom understood....she saw my sad plight

She went up to her room, made up her face
She combed up her hair, until it stood on it's roots
Covered her face with black fireplace soot
She threw on her robe, and pulled on dad's boots
Crept out the back door, and to the front porch

When the doorbell rang....I jumped in delight!
Trick-or-treaters had come to our house this dark night!!
When I opened the door, at first I didn't see
It was mom, ...trying to hard, bring me some glee!
She grabbed me and laughed and pulled me to come
Out into the rainstorm....up the road we would run
We ran in the downpour, getting soaked to our skin
Laughing and yelling....such fun it had been!

Later that night, we warmed by the fire
She let me stay up....no one was tired
So cozy and warm...no longer so cold
With popcorn, and candy...and the ghost stories told
That one Halloween, on that night of the storm
Was the best Halloween....and reminds me of home.....
I'll never forget  when each Halloween comes
The gift of the fun....   all thanks to my mom.....

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  1. Date: 10/30/2013 12:14:00 PM

    Carrie, lovey ....love <3 SKAT

  1. Date: 10/27/2013 8:47:00 PM

    a mother cannot be replaced, this is a beautiful poem Carrie...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 10/27/2013 12:41:00 AM

    This is a nice poem friend,Congratulation on your win

  1. Date: 10/26/2013 9:16:00 PM

    Hello Carrie, , thank you for the support :-) CONGRATULATIONS, amazingly awesome win. Stop by my latest blog. If you's like or have time. http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_blogs/blog_detail.aspx?BlogID=17074&PoetID=18720 ------ always~ LINDA ~

  1. Date: 11/21/2010 4:43:00 AM

    A very touching and sweet write Carrie. Many congratulations for this win.

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 8:37:00 PM

    Moms have a way of bringing out the joys when things get gloomy and sad. Carrie, this must be such a great memory for you, and your words make it the deserved 1st place winner that it is. Congrats and I'm proud to share the honors with you. Dan C

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 5:00:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 3:28:00 PM

    Congratulations on this well deserved win, Carrie

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 1:20:00 PM

    Big congratulations on taking first place, Carrie! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 12:54:00 PM

    A lovely nostalgic poem Carrie. congratulaions on you win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 11:42:00 AM

    Congrats Carrie on your wonderful win in Paula's contest with this exceptional entry luv.. emotes the theme very well ... enjoy your top win today ..and Happy Thanksgiving luv..

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 6:45:00 PM

    So touching,it gave me goose pimples. ..No one is ever like mum,sweet lady. . .and your halloween memories gave me sweet sad nostalgia,tmfs dear Carrie,Celene.

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 7:35:00 AM

    Hi Carrie. Loving mums always think of a way to rescue any situation.Through their love and their care.And it's the little thiings that often matter the most.Thank you for letting us reminisce with you through this sweet touching story that cant fail to move.Thank you also for reading my blog and your own kind caring thoughts for myself. Love June

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 4:07:00 PM

    I am glad that your mother was so creative...That must be where you get your gift to write such great work..I enjoyed reading your work this eve..Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting ..Sara

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 3:24:00 PM

    I have something into my eyes.... : ( This so lovely-tender-sad-beautiful-heartbreaking... It's going to my FAVs! WOW! so emotive, Carrie! Ruben.

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 2:53:00 PM

    sounds nice!! a great memory!

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 8:40:00 AM

    Excellently narrated a sweet beautiful tale touching the mind and heart of the reader. What a sweet story and remembrance of bygone days. These lovely moments are the greatest wealth of our mind and heart and you have sketched it very well. Many thanks for your lovely kind and precious comments always. With love and best wishes ...Ravindra....Carrie Richards.

  1. Date: 10/21/2010 8:58:00 AM

    FUN is the best thing in the World Carrie.. u have captured the essence of Halloween and more in this piece of quality poetry ... if for the contest ..good luck ... luv..

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 7:22:00 PM

    wow, now THAT is a memory, Carrie. I bet this scores super high! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 5:33:00 PM

    How wonderful your mother saw you needed some fun and took it upon herself to provide it, Carrie. A very heart-warming Halloween story. Best wishes in the contest, my friend. I love your entry. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 4:56:00 PM

    Smile ~ "I Love This 'Dear Precious & Lovely Carrie Richards,' Its Very Beautiful, Just Like 'Sincere & Pure Love!!!'" ~ I hope that "Your Beauties" life is treating "You" perfectly dear &, this is a fave; "Tender & Soft &, 'Beautiful'" ~ "My Love & Warmth to 'You Always' &, All You Love," John! ~ Smile, "Have A Very 'Blessed & Beautiful' Evening 'Dear, Lovely Carrie Richards;'" Bye!:) ~

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 3:48:00 PM

    Very sweet and emotional memories you have expressed in this write on your mom, Carrie. Good luck

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 3:44:00 PM

    Your mom gots ta be an angel. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 1:47:00 PM

    Awwww shucks! Wot a sweet poem filled with nostalgic memories of how Mom saved the day. These are some of the best memories to have~Chris

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 12:37:00 PM

    thank you for sharing this tale....TAH