Well, as this week ends and we prepare to fall back for the winter, I realize I’ve survived another Halloween and while I’m once again trying to rationalize how a holiday invented to celebrate the end of harvest season turned into an excuse for a Snickers bar, I learned some other interesting facts. As I traversed the roads yesterday I noticed a marked decrease in traffic on the roads and I was informed it was because the schools were closed. Apparently the kids get the day after Halloween off and I’ve been given to understand this has been happening for some time. When did this start and is this national or just here in California where we declare a holiday every time a new spa opens? And why are we depriving our educators the pleasure of our youth on this day? As caring and thoughtful neighbors we honor our responsibility and we don’t try to sneak them granola bars or raisins. We take pride in sending them home on Halloween with pillowcases stuffed full of sugar and you have a parental responsibility to send said progeny off to school. I don’t know about you but if they’re going to be wired like rhesus monkeys on PCP, I rather have them in school with trained professionals. That’s why teachers get the big money. Then when they crash at 2 or 3, school’s out and they can send them home. I know I’d be disposed to pay more tax for education if you’d keep the damned kids in school more than two days in a row most weeks. You’d think I’d be used to paying more and getting less but I want the children educated and, at least, as I watch gas prices rise…a gallon is still a gallon. Another question is why Halloween is the beneficiary of this imposed day off? Is it just the sugar? If I go somewhere for a Seder dinner, I don’t get the next day off because I overdosed on gefilte fish. And I get pretty full on Easter Sunday but I still manage to waddle into the office on Monday. When I was growing up, Catholics still ate fish on Friday but I think they used Friday so they could be sick on Saturday from the fish they ate on Friday and back to normal for mass on Sunday. We knew better than to go to a Catholic friend’s house on Friday because it was always something from Mrs. Paul or Captain Tuna and their fish sticks tasted like a sardine wrapped in duct tape. Now I love it…but they call it sushi and it doesn’t come out of a freezer box. I also had a friend growing up who happened to be Jewish but he used to eat at my house quite often. His wise reasoning was that, after the bagel, everything else is salted, raw or pickled. I also have friends from India but since the cow I worship is the one sizzling on my plate, they don’t often come for dinner.
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