October and November are always chaotic at any university for faculty, staff and students alike. Both the new academic and fiscal years are now in full swing and the routine is firmly reinstated after the slight reprieve of summer. But with Halloween approaching we are at the semester’s half way marker.
Now I will be the first to admit the thought of two more months of work is not overly comforting. If the semester is viewed as an extended week then we’ve only made it to Wednesday. No one is out of the woods yet, but in theory half the work is done, and the light at the end of the tunnel is at least visible.
Perhaps this is why I like Halloween so much. Timing is everything, and the dead could not have picked a better moment to rise from the grave and distract me from my routine. No other holiday indulges our imaginations so much, and the fun atmosphere makes it a welcome and low stress treat. So whether half empty or half full, raise your glass and toast an annual milestone and R.I.P. – Relax and Illuminate Pumpkins!