From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
I've never been a big fan of 'things that go bump in the night', but it is an occupational hazard, or a hazard of occupation, in a house this big, this old. Whether it's a late night screech outside the bedroom window, or the occasional bat swooping down the front stairs on a summer evening, or the oh-so-cliched' creak of the stairs, this old house has enough noises to get a part from Central Casting in any Halloween flick.
Not everyone does, you know. We don't think twice about having windmills of all vintages, sizes, and usefulness in our landscape. Windmills are part of our cultural vernacular, like white frame houses and wide Main Streets. But a totem pole overlooking your patio...one that is thirty foot tall, mind you, is akin to wearing a Derby bonnet every day of the year, defying convention and reducing the weight of global drudgery on everyone's shoulders by the teensiest bit.
I always wanted an old-fashioned windmill out at the farm. When Curfman Hardware cleaned out their attic before closing the doors, I lingered longingly by the never used Aermotor vane, but was far too faint of heart to plunk down cash. We had more practical uses for our scarce time and money than one more artifact making noise on our already wind battered hill.
Fast forward a decade or two or three.I just sent off my sealed bid for Thelma's totem pole. Practicality be hanged. This totem pole may have been commissioned in Alaska, but it is an Atchison county totem pole now. It moved from Rock Port to Tarkio through the efforts and ingenuity of about half the county, as far as I can tell. To move it again...will be a spectacle, at the very least. There is no doubt the totem pole will be lovingly restored and treasured wherever its new home is, but I hope that new home is local. It would be fitting as a tribute to Thelma, a community booster of the first order.
And....just maybe.... next Halloween the wee ghoulies and ghosties will say 'Treat or Treat! Hey, I like your totem pole!'