Crazybusytiredoctober. It is over. I am overwhelmed. I tried to catch up. The fall colours came in like a phoenix the first week in October and burned with fiery for another week before cascading into a dulled heap of warmed over dying leaves. I really missed that beautiful autumn glory when in France last year. It just doesn’t happen in Europe — leaves there just turn a sad yellow or brown. So it’s good to soak it up once again now that we have returned to Canuckland.
The first holiday after Labour Day in September is Thanksgiving Day, which is the second Monday in October in Canada. We Canadians celebrate it earlier than our American neighbours but the same bird is still honoured in both countries: the turkey. When I think back to Paris last year and what my daughter brought home from maternelle (preschool-kindergarten) to acknowledge a nation-wide festivity, it was Epiphany.
Now it is Halloween and I find it such a fun and exciting time for the kids AND adults. We truly missed it in Paris, which is slowly trying to figure out what all the fuss is about (a few pubs hold Halloween costume nights led by ex-pats and the English bookstore WHSmith led a trick-or-treat event near its ritzy location across from the Tuileries (Garden) and Place Vendôme. Treats from the Hotel Ritz, anyone?!) Because everyone lives in apartments with coded front entrances, trick-or-treating in the city would be difficult, never mind the jack-o-lanterns and scary decorations. It is not a French celebration. So it is good to be back in Toronto. My kids have looked forward to this evening for a long time…
Happy Halloween everybody!