I've never been one to go all crazy on outdoor holiday decorations. My lack of handyman abilities has me just scrambling to maintain status quo on my lawn without the added variables of decorations.
As I now have little ones with me, I'm learning to appreciate that others have decorations on their lawns that correspond to the seasons. And right now those decorations are centered around Halloween.
My 4-year-old girl gets a kick out of pointing out lawn decorations while riding in the car. She can spot a pumpkin from more than 50 yards away and will continue to point them out as we drive down the road.
Oh, let me be clear, she calls them "punkins."
There is a certain lawn on our morning drive which has inflatables coming out the ears including a cat, ghosts, ghouls and spiderwebs. That has become one of favorite places for us to drive by in the morning.
Another home near me has a huge inflatable Dracula that's kind of a hybrid between Dracula and those yellow smiley faces from the "Have a Nice Day" T-Shirts. It is definitely unique and was deflated for awhile, but it is back in action recently, much to our daughter's delight.
All this Halloween talk has got me thinking of my costume this year - yes, people my age can wear costumes. I painted a huge box silver and was a giant robot the past two years, but I think I'm due for something new. I tend not to go with the fad costumes and like to be off the beaten path, or use whatever I can find in the basement.
Our little girl has plans to be a cowgirl for Trick-or-Treat this year. She will be wearing the same costume her grandmother wore 60 years ago, complete with a hat and vest. Now that would be quite a story for the paper, if it wasn't my own girl. (My family got enough press coverage this year when we had the New Year's baby.)
I know after the summer parade circuit we are probably not in need of more candy, but I have a feeling we'll get plenty more again. Luckily, she's still at the age that just a few pieces of candy will please her, so we don't have to "load up" her plastic pumpkin with treats from neighbors.
Well, back to my original point and I'd like to thank to everyone out there who decorates their lawns. You haven't converted me into that type of lifestyle, but I'm appreciating your work more and more through the years.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org