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Orange Tabby hands out Halloween Candy

November 1, 2011

Are You Ever Too Old for Toys?  A Halloween Story . . .
by Olivia Rossi
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I love puppets.  I also love cats.  How could I resist a cat puppet?  I didn’t.  I bought one last week just because he was so darned cute.  I’m 62-years old.  Am I too old to have fun with a puppet?  No way.  Let me tell you why.


This little puppet is an orange tabby cat.  When I was a little girl, I had an orange tabby kitten that I named Rufus.  He fit in my pocket when I got him.  That’s what I planned to call this little guy until I looked him in the eye.  His eyes reminded me of a cat I had known named “Harley.”

My little puppet took on a new identity.  His became a hyphenated name, Harley-Rufus.  I even went to Petco and bought him a collar and name tag.  I didn’t care if they thought I was “nuts.”   He came to work with me today, Halloween.  I’m a nurse.  I popped him out of my bag and surprised my patients . . . and they laughed.  One even petted him as if he was real . . . he had a really big smile on his face.  My little puppet, Harley-Rufus, was a big hit . . . perhaps “little hit” is a better fit.

Today is Halloween.  A little boy came by tonight, rang the doorbell and said “trick-or-treat.”  Harley-Rufus was handing out candy.  The little boy asked me if he was real.  The truth of youth . . . Are you ever too old for toys?

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hapypacy November 1, 2011

Absolutely never too young to enjoy Halloween. Now that my boys are off to college, it’s still my favorite holiday…after Christmas. Last night’s trick or treater brought me a special “treat”. As one little 10 month old was reaching into the dish of candy with his little fingers he couldn’t get his little fingers around the treat, so he let go of his mom’s hand to reach into the bowl. It was his first “standing on his own” experience. His mom and dad were ecstatic. She said, “You just one of our little boy’s landmark moments”. She didn’t have to tell me that…I remember those moments very well. Halloween…always a chance to stay young!

Pat Conners November 1, 2011

Sounds like these kids recieved both a treat and a sweet trick. Great thought Olivia.

noname November 1, 2011

Now that’s the type of neat home as a kid you try to see if you can hit twice on your way back.

Gilda November 1, 2011


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