Steve Sharp’s Halloween
I have a love for Halloween, a 40 year passion that has taken me into a quasi Thespian state of mind each year. To have a neighbourhood Halloween home is a joy. To have kids return excitedly year after year, sometimes being driven by their parents after they have moved away, does my heart wonders.
Each year the house, and the actors change.
|The Gate Keeper (before you’ll get any candy from me, first you must answer my questions three…Avant que tu recu des bon-bons de moi, il faut que tu repondiez mes questions trois), enables me to engage the trick or treaters and show me what they can do|
|or the Bell Ringer “bring our yer dead”, having the kids laugh and run away as I attempt to gather my dead|
|or the surgeon offering a BBQ of body parts. Perhaps some finger food? A foot long? It is the responses I receive from the kids and their parents that keep me doing this year after year.|
|Well, this year we changed the format.
Sept 28 I had my second open chest aortic surgery (my first was 9 years ago). Not being ready for a presentation on Oct 31, I needed to give back to the amazing Institute that has given me so much.
I carved my pumpkins for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and decided to donate on a per-child basis. While we had about 75 kids this year, we donated $200 on behalf of the kids.
I look forward to next year’s Halloween, but this year was special and allowed me to discuss the UOHI with a lot of folks!
We will be back at it next year!