This week we celebrate Halloween. I feel bad, my dear readers, that I can’t give each of you any real candy for Halloween So I looked around for another “treat” that I might share with you. And I found one!
Sister Doreen Strahler, one of our retired sisters, has written a series of poems about candy. She calls her “private manuscript” Sweet Lessons of Life. She has graciously allowed me to post some of her poems on my blog. I hope you will find the poems and the lessons they impart a real treat for Halloween!
Hershey Bar with Almonds
The bumps along the road of life I certainly do not savor,
but like the almonds in my Hershey Bar, they do provide new flavor.
When all the work is piled up and you don’t know what first to do,
just break strips off like a Kit Kat wafer, and soon your work is through.
A smile and a cheerful word, a heart that is full of bliss
is somewhat like a Peppermint Pattie: its scent is hard to miss.
The outside may be pink or white, Good and Plenty is the name.
Forget the outside differences, the inside is the same.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
The shapes of many bars are alike, but with Reese’s Cups I’ve found
the shape doesn’t matter to the taste; it’s delicious, rectangular or round.
A loving little kindness, a pleasant word I say
is like a Bit-O-Honey to sweeten another’s day.
The Twizzler’s grooves twine around. Twisting is their fate.
Something like the paths of life, not all of them are straight.
The candy with the hole in the middle comes in several flavors.
It shows that there are many ways in which to be Life Savers.
Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses
When a friend’s way is long and the day is dark,
and the trip seems not worth while,
just try to help with a Hug and a Kiss
to shorten that long, long mile.
Happy Halloween to All!
Do any of the poems or their lessons touch you today? If so, why?
Do you have a favorite candy?
Do you have a favorite Halloween memory?
PS: A big thank you for your prayers for my time in Racine, WI. And a big thank you for all the wonderful people I met there, prayed with, shared with, and enjoyed. Special thanks to Claire, Jim, and the entire staff for all they did to make my time at Siena Retreat Center such a worthwhile experience!
Since Halloween is the eve of the feast of All Saints, I chose a “saint song” for today. It’s the famous 19th century hymn, “For All the Saints” set to a 21st Century tune. I hope you like it!
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