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  • For as long as I can remember, I have been a last-minute person. I always think I have plenty of time. What I mean is, I will look into the future, see something coming, and say, "Look how far away that is! I have plenty of time to prepare." And then the enemy ship looms closer, and closer, and closer, and at the last possible moment, I will explode and pull something together. The way an event is a speck in the distance and then, the moment you take your mind off it, right at your shoulder, is startling. Time is never still, that much I know. Just like the waves of the ocean are never still, tossing a bottle slowly to shore. In this case, a couple weeks ago, I spotted Halloween coming over the horizon. And it was no time before it slipped from my memory. No, it was still there. I was just ignoring it. And then one day I took another peek. Halloween was floating in the shallows! The countdown was loud and clear. Seven days! Seven days! A week till Halloween! I used to mock the people who had their bats and witches displayed in the middle of September. Nervous people who brought trouble on themselves too soon, I thought. But now, I'm thinking differently. Those are people who plan ahead. And I'm stuck here, costumless and plain, with Halloween around the corner! You might be thinking, 'what's the big deal?' Well, for most kids at least, Halloween is the jackpot. Decorating, Halloween parties, Unique costumes, hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, and best of all, mounds of CANDY! I am on the brink of completely missing out on this fascinating day of the year. And why? Because I'm a last-minute person. But there is one thing I can't help but request to my fellow Cowbirders: Does anyone have any ideas for a costume? I sure don't!
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