Dreams and Realities

October 31, 2021

Reflections, Day 23

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne,

Welcome, my friends, to Halloween when creativity, curiosity, and humor merge together into an ever-changing reality. We watch, aghast, as the chocolate river flows out toward the candy corn sea.

I lived in a small town one time. The town was built on the side of a hill and one of the streets ran straight downhill and curved to the left at Broad Street.

There was a funeral parlor on the top of the hill. One day, as someone loaded a casket, they did good job of loading but a poor job of securing.

I watched in amazement as the casket, on its loading wheels, started rolling down the hill toward town.

At the bottom of the hill the casket, rolling faster and faster, caught the concrete curb and followed it into a left turn. Still going downhill, the casket headed to where Broad Street stopped at First Street. Straight ahead of the casket’s path was a handicap ramp leading into a drug store.

The casket flew up the ramp, ran down the aisle and bumped into the prescription counter so hard that the lid flew off and the casket stood upright.

The pharmacist, who had been busy with an order, looked up and saw the standing body.

“Good day,” the pharmacist said, and what may I do for you?”

A beautiful, slightly loud voice circled the interior of the store and seemed to emanate from the casket.

 And the voice said…

“Just give me something to stop this coffin.”

There, was that a trick or a treat?

—john schulz

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

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