Kate Allison was supposed to post today, for Halloween…but then, pouf, she vanished without a trace!
How very strange, we think you’ll agree…
Her topic was going to be Halloween costumes for expats. Given her offbeat sense of humor, none of us would have been the least bit surprised had she suggested we dress up as:
- Dorothy, staggering around with a sign that says “I’m not in Kansas any more.”
- Pocahontas & John Rolfe — suitable for cross-cultural, bi-racial couples with large age differences.
- Mary-Sue Wallace, to give ourselves a break from feeling displaced for a few hours.
- A giant red snail, to signal enthusiastic support for the slow-food movement that began in Italy and is s-l-o-w-l-y spreading around the world.
- Marcel Proust, carrying a madeleine and looking very displaced.
But instead of speculating what Kate might have written about, perhaps we should be spending our time wondering where she has gone. ML Awanohara and Anthony Windram have a few hypotheses — do let us know if you can think of any others!
- She enjoyed a repast of the seven deadly dishes from around the world, overdosed on snake wine, took a nap to recover, and hasn’t yet woken up.
- She is out flying on a broomstick with her fictional sidekick, Libby — or, even more likely, with Libby’s nemesis, Melissa (and they are evilly plotting Melissa’s next move on Libby).
- She was the victim of some sort of gothic expat tale — either a trick-or-treater dressed up as Hannibal Lecter, who thought she looked tasty and got carried away; or else some sort of natural disaster, such as a bizarre October blizzard, leading to widespread power outages.
Kate, chills are running down our spines as we fantasize about all the spooky things that might have befallen you on this All Hallows’ Eve. New England is not the same as Merry Olde, as no doubt you and your English family have discovered…
Of course, knowing you as well as we do, you may simply be playing a prank by not treating us with one of your posts.
But if that’s not the case and you truly have been spirited away, send us a signal, and the citizens of The Displaced Nation will perform some incantations on your behalf over a bubbling cauldron — a molten mix of Marmite, Fluff and chocolate, with the odd tongue-in-cheek thrown in…
STAY TUNED for Tuesday’s post, introducing November’s theme, on those who displace themselves on behalf of those less fortunate.
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PErhaps she was “spirited” away….spookey
Yes, I rather “fear” she was! I’d hoped that All Saints’ Day would bring her back, but here it is, November 1, and no sign of her yet! 😦
Libby here — and I can report that Kate is not with me! So that shoots down your second hypothesis. Unless of course she’s with Melissa — but I don’t think she’d do that to me. She’s already giving me a hard enough time with Doctor Death!
In any event, if you do see Kate — and I hope she does turn up, otherwise I’ll be suffering a sudden death myself! — please tell her I’d love a few more breaks from the viperish Woodhaven ladies. If it weren’t for Maggie, I’d be on the next plane back to London…
Good news — I found Kate! Your third hypothesis — the natural disaster — was correct. She was the victim of a freak snowstorm that left many in New England without power. Let’s hope she gets her electricity back soon — otherwise, I won’t get a new adventure tomorrow!!! And now I’m off to visit Maggie, who has a wood-burning stove…