Things I consider spooky

31 Oct

Walking into the kitchen intent on … now what was I going to do?



A large glass of water, a computer, and me, all within close proximity. I am bound to reach for the glass, knock it over and watch the water sizzle the electronics.

The large bag of chocolate candy hiding on the top shelf of my closet … and no trick or treaters showing up at the front door. Hello five pounds.

Hitting the “new document” button in Word and watching the wall of white arise. Once my fingers start moving, I know that wall will fill up, but its sudden appearance can be intimidating.


Entering the highway at any time on any day of the week with the intent of getting somewhere at a certain time. This does not happen in Washington, D.C.

Being stuck anywhere for two hours with the knowledge that a bathroom is not readily accessible. I am, after all, an old lady.


A sea of faces staring at me, awaiting words of wisdom and truth about what it’s really like to be an author.

The thought that I’ll never again be asked to talk to that sea of faces.

Most Democrats.

My daughter’s boyfriends.

My daughter without boyfriends.

My smart phone being a lot smarter than I am.

Spiders. And anything else with hairy legs that is smaller than a mouse. I don’t even mind the mouse. But don’t let me see a spider in my house.

Unintentional bad poetry.

An empty mailbox—be it electronic or metal.

A full mailbox.

A Sunday afternoon with nothing on the schedule. That means it’s time to clean the house.

An unexpected visitor to my home on Sunday night. Oh why didn’t I use my afternoon to clean my house!

And finally, Thursday mornings without an idea for a blog. Whatever will I say?

Happy Halloween folks — Genilee Swope Parente


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8 responses to “Things I consider spooky

  1. Allyn stotz

    October 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Ha ha, great post! Thanks for the laughs, I needed them on this ‘oh so spooky day!’

    • swopeparente

      November 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        oh, dear sis, I could come up with some REAL spooky things for you and me!
  2. Camilla

    October 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Wall of white, daughters and boyfriends, Republicans, Democrats — this all resonates and makes me smile!Thanks for giving my day a great start.

    • swopeparente

      November 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      So glad you’re reading my blog, Camilla. Yes, this is definitely one you can identify with! Hope all is well.

  3. richardmax22

    October 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Loved it! Soooo true!

    • swopeparente

      November 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      spooky, huh, Richard? Thanks for writing

  4. Verna Wortkoetter

    October 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Hi and Happy Halloween to you and all your family. Last Sat. Night was Trick Or Treat in Edgerton so this should be a quiet night. I hope it is as it has been raining all day. Praying God’s blessings for you, Verna


    • swopeparente

      November 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Oh, I miss Edgerton on a holiday like this … but we do it up big in our neighborhood. Lots of kids to adore.


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