Something unorthodox is out of the ordinary, against the norm, not following the rules. This year is certainly unorthodox but today I heard news that shook me to the very core… frightened me more that any ghost or ghoul could this time of year. The end of a 54-year tradition. There will be no broadcast of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. It is a break from tradition in such an unorthodox way it almost makes me cry.
This year is crazy enough for kids. This summer they didn’t get to go to the pool. School is not normal still. They can’t have birthday parties at Chuckie Cheeses. And a lot of communities are recommending no trick or treating. Don’t take Snoopy away!
Ok sure, you can watch it if you have Apple TV, but how many families can afford that right now? People are out of work and out of patience. Don’t leave them without the Great Pumpkin! (Don’t worry though, I am safe. My daughter bought it for me a couple of years ago.)
(And as a bonus for a friend….)
There once was a businessman named Fred
Who dressed in the finest of thread
But it was quite unorthodox
How he wore flashy socks
When he met with the department head
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – unorthodox
Oops… I had a busy day yesterday and was wiped out before I could post my Day 60, but what a fun day. Every year there is a local craft fair at the community building and the senior high school. Since my daughter was old enough to appreciate crafts we have tried to make it every year to the show and that is what we did yesterday. It was good to see the changes from last years popular crafts. My favorite of the new items was some beautiful decorated leather journals. They were out of my price range but they were wonderfully crafted. We did out usual stop to a repeat stand where they sell flavored pecans… had to get some maple ones, delicious! Then after we had been through both buildings we took a trip to the craft store for more inspiration. It was fun but the day had one more surprise.
I had stumbled across some information about an actual quidditch (as in the Harry Potter sport) tournament that would be taking place yesterday too. So we took a few minutes to she what a sport on flying broomsticks with magical flying balls looked like in an ordinary world. The players had broomsticks they had to keep between their legs, rubber balls to try to score and volleyball to hit each other with as a diversion. It was fun to watch for a little bit, but my daughter had to go to work so we couldn’t stay long.
It was a full day for me and I am feeling the fatigue and pain from being on my feet so long yesterday, but it was a wonderful day spent with my daughter continuing a tradition. Now we wait a year for it to return and offer more inspiration and the potential for a few early Christmas gifts.
A fourth and fifth generation tradition continued today. Like my mother before me, I managed to watch the soap operas with my daughter until she became a fan as well. It all goes back to my great-grandmother and grandma listening to As The World Turns on the radio. That in turn lead to my mom beginning to watch it when it was then on television. And on summer breaks from school I would watch ATWT and Guiding Light with my mom. As my daughter was growing up we watched those until they went off the air and now we still record and try to keep up with The Bold and the Beautiful. This was the first day in quite a while she had the afternoon off and could watch a few episodes of the soap. It is a guilty pleasure and a family tradition. And ANY TIME I can spend with my daughter always makes me happy.