Window Dressing

Ghosts make the best Halloween decorations.
My black cat died in March. Selfishly, I now miss having him sit in my studio window, both because he was amiable company while I worked and because he made an excellent Halloween decoration. 

Whilst cleaning, I came upon a scrap of foamcore that was too warped to save for anything useful. It was black on one side so I sketched out a quick silhouette of a cat and cut it out with an exacto knife and stuck it in the window. I don’t usually have much facility for drawing cats: something about the ears always throws me off, but on this occasion I managed to capture enough of a likeness that memories keep ambushing me every time I glimpse him out if the corner of my eye.

I kinda like the feeling of having him nearby. In the exuberance of skeletons and ghouls and zombies, it’s easy to forget that the point of Halloween is to be close with the departed. It’s hard to sell that in a store, of course, which is probably why Halloween has devolved into candy and crepe paper, but that’s ok: if we can’t have fun with the things we fear, we start to fear having any fun at all.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 23, 2017.

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