Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October's Mysterious Gift...


"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life
that no man can sincerely try to help another
without helping himself."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Months ago - when summer heat was at it's hottest - a family of brothers sat down around a dining table and began the lengthy process of discussing and designing this year's Haunted House; they have done this for many years now...

Growing up poor they found magical childhood delight in going to a Haunted House when they were children - and that is where the seeds of this inspired act began. They charge nothing for the Haunted House tour (this is of great importance to them), and it is for one night only: Halloween. Over the years, these brothers have combed corners of the Internet and back lot movie sets to secure the most astonishing items in order to intensely thrill and cause others to grab hold of their deepest fears. (Look beyond the gory details and you will uncover the hidden message: you can survive most anything and do okay - even being poor.)

On Halloween night, as she has done for years now, their mother creates a signature meal of steaming homemade soup to fortify her now grown and successful sons for the long night ahead (she is clearly the one behind the teaching of this nurtured love for others). 

When the brothers finally lay down their hammers and complete the scrutiny of a final walk-through, it is time for each of them to put on their fearsome costumes and transform from commonplace into the unexpected and downright scary!

One night. One cultivated childhood vision. One gift of giving back. One Halloween when the brother's hearts are free to express what it truly means to help others - especially children. And in doing so they have helped themselves by keeping alive an inner fire of belief. Behind the gruesome masks and costumes, their little boy smiles mysteriously reappear...

May we all be so bighearted and creative in our respective expressions of helpfulness... 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are blessed by extra-ordinary people, and therefore you are" rich"! Love baby bird

karen - Simply Inspired said...

well stated "baby bird"...our richness dwells in the blessings from others...and ours to them...
love, sb

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there dearest,

Thank you for coming to visit with me. I love what you talk about here because I GREW UP POOR and that helped me become a more creative person. My parents didn't have much to give me in material things, but I had just enough to CREATE from my imagination and for that I am grateful. May your holiday celebrations be totally from the heart. COME AGAIN! Anita

Anyes said...

Halloween is such a rich and magical time for any child. Darling Daughter is already starting to decorate our house as she really enjoys this time of year.
It is so inspiring to read how those brothers are sharing their love for Halloween and re-creating this magic time for other children. :-)

Dana said...

I think Halloween is an especially magical holiday for all children. When my sister was teaching school, she found that it was a holiday in which children of all classes felt important - and not inferior because they may have received less on other holidays, a non-competitive occassion enjoyed by all.
Lovely story.~~

for the love of a house said...

sweet, sweet story!

joan

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello sweet Karen!

Thank YOU for emailing me! Blogging is so fun, and the friends I have made have made all the difference. Let us have a marvelous season of creativity!!! Anita

Kate said...

What an inspiring story told by a person who epitomizes creative helpfulness. I just love your blog and the little pearls I find every time I visit. Thank you!

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

karen ~ i love this story. i have goosebumps just thinking of the inner glee felt by each of these 'boys' as they plan, build and share. this is what it is all about.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a wonderful expression of what it means to be a close family. I love this post.

Birdie said...

Thank you for warming my heart, once again. You are a treasure Karen! much love!!

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