Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's Halloween and hope you don't mind if we remember the day over the years in a little Halloween slideshow.  From little Laura, to school age Laura, to Laura on her journey with the beast of neuroblastoma, both 2005 (no hair at all,wearing red and black wig) and 2006 (lovely light brown wavy hair growing back in.) Laura with her beloved sister Susan and Laura with her dear friends.

It's been a long week already.  Laura's birthday on Monday, and tenth anniversary of my mother's death on Tuesday.  Wednesday realizing that one year had also passed since a young man from our town, Donnie Farrell, died after being brutally attacked near his college campus.

On Tuesday our hot water heater went.  Minor inconvenience doing without hot water until Saturday.  Can take a shower at the Y in the meantime.

A favorite Halloween poem, loved from childhood, and read (or recited) to Laura and Suse years ago.  

Tonight is the night
When leaves fly
Like witches on switches 
Across the sky,
When elf and sprite
Flit through the night
On a moony sheen

Tonight is the night
When leaves make a sound
Like a gnome in his home
Under the ground,
When spooks and trolls
Creep out of holes
Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night 
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
When ghoul and ghost
And goblin host
Dance round their queen
It's Hallowe'en!
-Henry Behn

Photos:  Little Laura as Tinkerbell;  School-age Laura as Snow White-at the Tailgate;  Laura 2006 as the "Pink Leopard"(see how nicely her hair was growing back in);  Laura, the Pink Leopard enjoys being with friends at TJ's Halloween party.


  1. Laura is a beautiful girl....I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my 14 yr old niece last year...we are losing too many of our kids. Please join us in the fight for more awareness of childhood cancers.
    And/or sign our petition:
    Thank you....take care.
    Kathi Clarke

  2. Hi Mara: I love the poem, but even more so I love the tinkerbell outfit Laura is wearing in the photo. She looks like a little angel to me.
    ~Kathy M.