Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Masked and Anonymous

Usually it’s my students who are a nuisance during Halloween, but this year it’s the English department. I may be an English teacher, and I do consider myself a bit of a dork, but I’m Elvis when compared to my department. This Halloween the teachers have dressed up as their favorite literary characters. In the past there have always just been a few of the teachers adorning costumes, but over the years that number has crept up to the point where I’m the only one who doesn’t participate.

I mean, come on. With Halloween there are vampires, zombies, or other cool things to choose from, and you’re going to come as Verena Tarrant? Way to dispel the lame perception we’ve got going.

Besides, I’m not too keen on adults getting dressed up when you’re supposed to be an authority figure anyway. Now I realize that there are those out there that do, and that's cool. That's your thing. Some people don't like coffee, where as I am eagerly awaiting the release of the Starbucks IV drip. So, I understand. With that said, my rule of thumb is if a pet can wear a Darth Vader costume, then maybe you shouldn’t.

Still, I think I’ll give in next year and just not show up. “How’s that giving in,” you ask? I’ll be Godot.

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