A wonderful time of year
Browns and oranges and reds. Pumpkins and spiders and goblins and ghosts. Everywhere you look you see signs of autumn. The trees are turning color and leaves are falling. The temperature is slowly but surely working its way down.
I always look forward to the trees on the grounds of University of St. Mary and the beautiful one on the corner entering the Eisenhower VA Medical Center. Northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri are just as pretty as any place in the world. It's a great time to go driving out on the country roads, places you have never been, just to explore and enjoy the scenery.
Along with all the beauty come thoughts of Halloween and Thanksgiving. We have seen yards that are decorated with a great deal of imagination and, in many cases, a lot of hard work for all of us to enjoy.
Seventy years ago in Lansing, trick-or-treat was not something everyone did. I think this did not start until I was in my teens and gathered momentum as time went by. In the 1950s when our kids were little, this was really taking hold and has kept growing year by year.
Trick-or-treat is more common in the United States than in other countries and has become a tradition. Now there are many organized parties for the children to take part in. Those that do go from house to house usually have parents or older siblings in the background for safety's sake. We always look forward to having the neighborhood children stop by.
Some safety tips: For homeowners, light up your sidewalks, driveways and steps to your front door. There are many luminary devices that children can carry with them along with reflective clothing.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!