Fall 2016 arrived on Sept. 22 and the autumn weather arrived a few days later on Monday, Sept. 26. It was warm through Sunday but Monday was the first full day temperatures stayed in the 70s. I did not complain (came close) but refused to do so. My co-worker came back from lunch on Monday with socks on her feet and I came back with a light sweater. It is time to put away the sandals, get out the long-sleeves and turn off the air conditioners. Fall has arrived and my last word on the subject for the year is, "Yeah!"
Changing the subject -- we have been hearing reports of creepy, scary clowns scaring people across several states. The details have been in social media and the news. I read of one arrest as close as Trumann. Halloween is nearing and I think it might be a good idea not to dress up as a clown this year, especially a scary looking clown.
I don't know much about what is going on with the creepy, lurking, scary clown thing but I know it is not funny or amusing. Some arrests have been made and some false reports have been turned in, but all in all, I agree with one officer's statement, "clowning can be a dangerous game."
It is a dangerous game and the "pretend clowns" could get hurt. In the long run, scaring someone or playing a practical joke would not be worth the possible consequences.
I know some people really enjoy horror movies but I have never been one of those. My husband enjoys all of those far out scary plots but I do not share his enthusiasm. I do not want to watch anything that will scare me so bad I can't sleep or make me afraid of the dark. It is just not my cup of tea. To each his own, but I prefer a good comedy or a story line with a happy ending. Being scared out of my mind is not now or will it ever be anywhere on my to do list.
It is a shame to take something like clowns who are known to be funny and entertaining and make them into something bad.
We grew up with Bozo the Clown and all of his friends. There was nothing scary about Bozo. Kids loved him. I think his show was around for over 40 years.
I am sure clowns who make their living entertaining children and adults are not happy about the recent "fad" of scary clowns.
We have enough to worry about in today's world without worrying about people who have a warped sense of humor (or worse) causing more trouble.
I don't know if this is something new or if it is something that comes and goes but hopefully it will pass quickly.
To end this week's column on a good note I want to say happy 100th birthday to the Caraway Postal service.
Caraway Post Office hit the 100 year milestone. A celebration was held on Wednesday. The postal service was in Caraway in 1916 even though the town was not incorporated until 1923. Caraway was known as a lumber camp. My grandmother, Ethel Meadows Chipman, moved to Caraway when she was a young girl and she used to talk about all of the tents.
The postal service was around before most people had telephones in their homes, much less in their pockets. Letters through the mail was the way people stayed in touch with their families once they moved away from the area. The post office was the center of the community. Letters coming through the mail were the only source of communication with loved ones during some of the war times.
People serving in the military in other countries today can call, email, text, Facetime or Skype. Even with all of the social media, we still have the opportunity to write and mail letters thanks to our postal service that is still serving our communities well.