Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween....

Well, I suppose we're ready....

I bought candy a few hours ago, and there are "spider webs" to throw over the now-dead chrysanthemums.

Costumes are ready....

All I am lacking is the weather forecast to determine our location - scouring the neighborhood or finding a trunk or treat.

I pray that it is a safe and enjoyable evening of contradicting the instructions we give our children the other 364 days of the year. This was very apparent to me last year, as my son's best friend's 3 year old little brother was hesitant walking up to the door of the house. His mom encouraged him and I made a sassy little remark about "but MOM! You TOLD me not to take candy from strangers - or even talk to them - NOW you want me to beg candy from them?"

Must be confusing.

We'll see how it goes - we'll inventory the loot when we're done, I'm sure. All the don't likes and can't have (due to dental appliances) will get bartered back and forth. A few will (willingly) make it to Mom, and I'm sure I will get them to donate some to send overseas. We certainly don't need it.

But, let's not get my brain wrapped around why we continue the tradition...

Instead, I pray for safety for all, for fun and joy for those on the giving as well as the receiving end - as well as those of us who are simply observing the ritual!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Be safe, be well - and don't forget to set your clocks back tonight!

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