Thursday, October 30, 2008
My Favorite Holiday
Well, it's that time of year again! And I could not be happier. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, the lawn no longer needs cutting and 830 bedtime is finally practical again because it is actually dark outside. Ah, yes. And it's HALLOWEEN.
I remember enjoying Halloween as a child, but it wasn't until I had children of my own that I was able to truly appreciate the wonder of this holiday. You would think that my personal faith and irrational fear of anything spooky would lead me to avoid this celebration. But what other holiday gives kids the freedom to run around in the dark, visiting neighbors that they may only see on this grand day and gather pounds of candy in a pillow case? And, to make things even more exciting, they get to be someone else for a little while. Beautiful.
I take my Halloween seriously, too. We start talking about costumes at the beginning of October and I go to great lengths to make sure the kids get exactly what they want. One year Joe was a bumblebee (back before he knew that it would be really embarrassing) and I made him a bee hive out of paper mache to carry his candy in. Last year I painstakingly (temporarily) dyed Belle's 30 inches of beautiful blond hair BLACK. We don't mess around here, folks.
Clearly, there is no downside for the kids. But I would be remiss if I did not point out the most wonderful perk for us parents. We finally get a holiday that does not involve preaching "the true meaning" of anything. There is no expectation for positive parenting here! It is what it is. FUN.
This year I will be escorting a motocross racer, a "goth" punk (complete with dark lipstick and a fake lip piercing), Indiana Jones, and a cute little pink and white kitty. They get to choose who they will be, without limits, if only for one night. An extreme athlete for Joseph, something less than "little miss perfect" for Belle, THE coolest action hero of all time for Gav, and the pet that they all want (but will never own) for Caroline. Tell me this is not the best insignificant holiday of all time! Oh, yeah. It rocks.
And yes, pix will be proudly posted on Friday night :)
Posted by KC at 1:43 PM