It’s October 1st, and we all know what that means – in just 30 days it will be Halloween! I absolutely love this time of year. It’s autumn here in Canada – and in Ontario, we have a gorgeous autumn. The trees turn vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow, and despite the cool weather, it has a warm cozy feel to it. I also love Halloween. I wish I was young enough to go trick or treating (not that my age stopped me and my friend knocking on a few doors last year).
October is probably my favourite month of the year, for us Canadians, we have our Thanksgiving, and that is another one of my favourite times of year. Hmm I can almost taste the turkey and the stuffing.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7696470/sugar-maple-leaves-forest/sugar-maple-leaves-forest.jpg?size=500&imageId=7696470″ width=”234″ height=”362″ /] One thing I’ve noticed with October though, is the mix of emotions that it seems to bring. Whether it is fear from all the scary movies playing, or sadness and longing from all those students off alone at school, missing home. There’s joy and there’s anger. There’s just about everything wrapped up into this one month. Maybe that’s just how October feels for me, but I’m sure everyone has that one month they love.
With all those deep complex emotions that October brings me, I thought I’d share a short story I had written back in grade 12. Some of you may have read this, some may not have. In either case, I just wanted to give a small warning that I wrote this when I first started to explore the darker regions of my creativity. It is a dark story, it’s very emotional, and it’s possible that it may bother a few people. Just in case, I want to apologize in advance if you do not like things that are quite this dark. And on that note, I want to clarify that I am definitely not a dark person from my day-to-day life – I just feel it’s healthy to explore different aspects of my mind, my deep dark thoughts, those forbidden wonders, and the darkness that invades all our minds from time to time.
Additionally, I hope everyone who reads this will keep an open mind, and let me know what they honestly think. Criticisms, both positive and negative, can be very helpful if they’re constructive! I encourage any suggestions someone may have! I posted it in a PDF file to save space on my post, if you wish to read it but don’t have an acrobat reader, let me know and I’d be glad to email it to you in another format!
Oh, and one more thing, I had written a poem posted a while ago which is a sort of accompaniment piece to this story; I have posted the link below as well.
Read the accompaniment poem “His Mother’s Legacy“, originally posted on Poetry Thursday #14, posted June 24, 2010