Update: It turns out that my mom didn’t write this song, I just thought she did. She made up a lot of other verses, based on our costumes, but apparently the original–as displayed below–has been around for longer than I thought. She’s still a great mom and it’s still a fun song. What can I say? Once I thought I came up with the concept for 30 Days of Night. The movie came out about two weeks later…
Good mothers are like magicians. Or maybe like lady sorcerers? Is there a word besides witch that works?
My mom is a wonderful, selfless person who spent many, many hours making Halloween costumes for me. One year I was an alien with two paper machier heads mounted on football pads.
One of the heads had a mullet.
Another year I was a black widow. I had eight arms that all moved at the same time if I pulled a string. It wasn’t until years later that I realized that only the females have the red hourglass symbol on their stomachs. But it didn’t matter because I wore a black knit cap that had giant googly eyes on it. And did I mention that I had eight arms that all moved at the same time?
We grew up singing songs. When we would get tired of the songs we knew, my mom would invent new ones. Making a song out of nothing was like casting a spell to me. One of the best songs she wrote was about Halloween. It went like this:
Once there was an old witch, believe if it you can
She tapped at the windows and she ran, ran, ran
She ran helter-skelter with her toes in the air
Cornstalks flying from the old witch’s hair
Swish goes the broomtick
Meow goes the cat
Plop goes the hop toad, sitting on her hat
Wee-cackle-eye what fun what fun
Halloween night when the witches run
There were several verses which we updated each year depending on what my siblings and I were dressed up as. I haven’t heard that song for many years, but I obviously won’t forget it any time soon.
If anything in this world is priceless to me, it is memories like this.
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