By: Pish Lincoln
Title: Much Ado About Muffin
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
I was a child of the fifties and sixties, which was an uncomfortable time to be a young fellow like me in our country. I always knew I was different. Not many boys in my all male private school were into opera and ballet, though a couple did become classical musicians. But I survived and even thrived, through a combination of good luck in my family and friends, and living in a place where being different was not so much of a sin.
I was fortunate enough to live in New York, the most exciting city in the world, and I had a mother who didn't care what my life preferences were. Since she, too, loved the opera, as did my delightful Auntie Lush, I attended many a weekend matinee at the opera, orchestra and ballet.
So for obvious reasons, mostly because I was a fairly creative lad, I didn't go for the usual in my choices of Hallowe'en costume. I am lucky enough to have an older sister who has always loved to sew when we were kids. She went on to become an award winning creator of costumes for opera and Broadway.
She now lives in Italy, but is planning to retire and come back to the US.
Anyway, while most of my friends were Roy or Buck Rogers, I was always something completely different. When I was 10, I was The Wolf Man from the Lon Chaney 1941 movie of the same name.
Another year I was Enrico Caruso as Canio, from Pagliacci. Everyone just thought I was a rather odd, sad, disheveled clown.
One memorable year in the late 80s my sister and I went to a party as Papagena and Papageno from Die Zauberflote.
Everyone just thought we were Macaws, or a Jimmy Buffet tribute. Which was all right.
In New York I enjoyed doing duty in our condominium entry on Hallowe'en night, when we would hand out candy to visitors. I loved seeing what everyone, young and old, had dressed up as. Baby Mermaids, tiny witches, adults in bizarre and sometimes profane costumes later in the evening. New York City on Hallowe'en night can be a truly odd spectacle. But I think Merry and I may have brought a little of New York to Autumn Vale. Last year I dressed as Hugh Hefner for Merry's Wynter Castle Hallowe'en ball, but I'm not sure anyone grasped why it was funny. This year... who knows? Maybe Don Giovanni...
So tell me, dear friends... what was your most memorable costume? (Or one you created for your children or grandchildren, or whomever!) Tell me, do!
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