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I am now at the prime of my life and have been married for the past 25 years. Sickly at times, but wants to see the elixir vita, so that I will be able to see my grandchildren from my two boys.

Friday, October 31, 2008


Dear Auntie Patti Koh,
This is the time of the year when kids are given by the parents the chance to indulge in all the sweetness in the world. Candies and chocolates and everything that is sweet, including their colorful and scary costumes.
In my neighborhood, the tr eaters starts ringing the doorbell after school at around 4:00pm. Kids will be coming to the neighborhood, running and sweating because they have been walking to so many blocks in the neighborhood, carrying their heavy load of their goodies and treats that they have received from the neighborhood.
The police department will issue a bulletin telling all the neighborhood, if they will participate in giving treats to the children to turn on their porch light or the garage lights and have the security door open so that the children could come to the houses and ring the doorbells. The children has been advised in advanced from the school, that if they will be going to neighborhood and it is already dark, they have to be accompanied by an adult or their parents. Children are also being given in formations and lectures never to accept any open candies and those goodies that they think are already opened and seems to have been tampered with. Parents are also being asked to check the treats their children have received.
The children with an adult or their parents when going around the neighborhood and if its already dark, to carry flashlights and something to be reflective so the motorists could see them. The motorists are being asked to look after the children and not to drive fast. Likewise, the children has been advised thru the school that the Trick and Treating is only from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. At 7:00pm, the homes and houses will turn off their porch lights and garage lights to signal that this is the end of the Trick or Treating.
My neighbor from across my house is the favourite place to visit by the children. They have a big bell at the porch of their house and each children to receive the treat that they needed had to ring the bell hard so that the entire street block could hear it. It was a nice thing for the children to do. Another neighbor of mine is a dentist and instead of giving out candies and chocolates, he is giving away toothbrushes. Some gives out pencil or crayolas and coloring book. Whatever one might think will be liken by the children. I go for the traditional sweets of candies and chocolates.
And so Auntie Patti Koh, the celebration has ended, there are some teenagers that goes around the neighborhood with the traditional eggs that has to be thrown and shaving cream that they spray to their friends. It was a very nice and festive occasion. I love to see the children having fun.
Wish you have seen it.
Sincerely Yours,


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