Halloween at Memory Matters is a blast! The Staff and Volunteers dress up and dress up our participants too. I sometimes think Cathee lives for this day, but I would be wrong, she is still counting down the days to Christmas! On days like these there is love in the air and it is such a fine sight to see.

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound
And I don’t know if I’m being foolish
Don’t know if I’m being wise
But it’s something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes……..John Paul Young

John Ratliff was a welcomed volunteer guest and entertained us in the morning. He wrote a short essay too, “Magic Panda.” I’m also adding a relatated ghostly Halloween story he sent me a short while ago. Please enjoy, and thank you for following our stories. Volunteer Mike

Magic Panda

All dressed up as a Panda, Cathee was standing in the center of the circle, leading the Wednesday morning session with funny riddles designed to spark the brain, “What kind of bear has no teeth?” she inquired slyly. “Well, looking at you, we can definitely rule out Panda Bears!” one of the participants shouted out.

Everyone laughed as Cathee beamed her bright, beautiful smile and asked again, “ Yes,  but what kind of bear doesn’t have any teeth?”  She had stumped them. That’s when it came to me. I had just arrived and was around the corner, unpacking my gear as I said, “Gummie Bears!”

“Good morning John, you are correct!”

“It is only because Amélie used to love eating them…”

Working with Cathee is such a joy. Her radiant spirit and quick wit touch everyone she comes into contact with. It is very hard not to smile when you’re around Cathee. When it came time for me to play, three of Cathee’s friends unexpectedly showed up to bring a little Halloween cheer. They were all dressed up as cats. Cathee asked me, “John, can we please do the Lumpus song?” Before long the whole room was meowing as Cathee and the trio of feline dancers captivated the audience… Thanks to Cathee and her friends, the rest of my set went by in the blink of an eye. Sometimes we are blessed with the presence of a very special person who makes everyone around her feel good. Sometimes we get to see a master show us how it’s done.

Sometimes, if we’re very lucky, we get to see a Panda Bear work her magic.


Dorian Gray’s Little Sister

We had spent the afternoon browsing through furniture stores. We were on the hunt for a dresser for Amélie.

Each time we entered an eager salesperson quickly pounced.

“No thank you, we’re just browsing.”

But when we stepped through the doorway into the darkness of the little consignment shop the lady at the desk didn’t even look up from her book. The place was filled with a bizarre collection of items; some hideous, some with tremendous potential. I turned a corner and stepped down into the back room which was cooled by an old, oscillating metal fan. There was a faint musty smell in the air. That’s when I saw her. She stared back at me from behind the glass. I tried to avert her gaze by moving away but her eyes followed me as I crossed the room. I could feel them on me even as I turned away. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up as I recalled the story about a painting by Oscar Wilde…

That’s when Amélie came up to me and whispered, “This place gives me a strange feeling.”

I looked her right in the eye and replied in all seriousness, “That’s because it’s haunted.”

When we stepped out into the cool blue brightness of the afternoon I felt a sense of relief and was grateful to have escaped………..

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