Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
‘Finish The Sentence Friday’ is one of three bloghops that we (try to) participate in each Week. So, today being Friday, it is totally reasonable and understandable that, as I crossed back into the land of ‘awake people’, who should appear to me but: Janine and Kate and Stephanie and Kristi?
I was enthusiastic, as always, in anticipation of writing for today’s prompt, but then as soon as I sat down at the computer, I was, all like, ‘what the hell! I got nothin!’
Don’t get me wrong, I did participate in Halloween as a child, walking with my friends, up and down the streets of my neighborhood, asking strangers for candy! And I did wear a costume… really stupid costumes…mostly a ghost, i.e. a sheet or an old pillow case with 2 eye holes and a mouth-hole that instantly got breath-wet and kept moving to the side of my face. This was in the olden days. There were no organized parties (at least in my life), there were no parents in cars waiting at each house, there was just us, brown-paper grocery bag in hand, one flashlight and the expectation of getting through the night and have tales of candy to share with friends at school the next day ( a brief moment of ‘belonging’, my passport being the candy I brought as proof of my successful participation).
But, the trouble this morning was all too simple. I could not imagine an experience in my life from a Halloween that was: a) cleverly funny, b) heart-warming, or c) inadvertently revealing of the events that lead to my present self. Nothin! So, as I often do, I resorted to searching through the Doctrine blog archives, hoping to find a ‘Halloween Post’ that might inspire me. You can imagine my surprise when I turned up …not a single Post in all 910 Posts of the Wakefield Doctrine!
This, while surprising, immediately become the inspiration that I was hoping for. Knowing that I had not written on this topic before meant the field was wide open! I had a starting point, i.e. the three personality types and Halloween, the rest was easy. Since this is FTSF Halloween and there are four bloggerini, the first thing I did was look for some holiday-centric imagery to ‘jump start’ the creative process, and it was only natural that I thought … succubi!! In any event, I still don’t have a ‘Sentence Finish’ but I have a cool image and a premise to talk about the Wakefield Doctrine.
The Wakefield Doctrine and Halloween.
While a clark would not be comfortable being the center of attention (and therefore, the object of scrutiny), can there be any doubt that Halloween is ‘the holiday of clarks‘? Don’t believe me? Try this experiment: gather as many people in a room as possible.
- scott, your problem will be keeping the numbers down(…tell ’em, ‘Hey!! look, this is an experiment, I can’t use all of you but I promise that I will personally abuse/tease/predate each and every on of you sometime today…except those of you who think you really are my friend… I’ll ignore you completely… no, you’re welcome”.)
- roger, you will immediately anticipate the nature of the experiment, then start to question (pretending to be making a helpful and well-meaning suggestion) whether you want to take a chance on getting everyone in your group upset and disappointed and angry but then you remember that there will be a scott there and you’re all for it.
Gather the group, get their attention and say, “Please raise your hand if you wouldn’t mind being someone else”.
Those are your clarks.
Candy corn anyone?
oh! yeah!! Damn! I almost left out the prompt!! “One Halloween I …dreamed I was a real person