“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Crappiest Halloween Ever?

Maybe, or maybe not! This is not a pity party. I just want to tell the story and have it here to compare next year.

This year, I did not put up one single Halloween decoration! No Frankenstein, bats, cats, or haunted houses. This year, we did not go to a pumpkin patch and spend an evening drinking apple cider and choosing the perfect pumpkin. This year, we did not even buy pumpkins at the local supermarket! We did not ... carve pumpkins.

Am I the worst mom ever? I have to tell you, I am steeped in tradition. I love those childhood memories of pumpkin patches and carving parties. I admit to a twinge of guilt that I did not give my children that this year.

However -- what did we do? We went to the trunk-or-treat and chili cook-off at church on Tuesday. We went to the school's Family Fall Festival on Thursday. Rom took the kids out trick-or-treating last night, including a trip to the park where they had a mini-carnival going on. Meanwhile, I dressed up as an angel and sat in a chair on my porch handing out candy and really enjoying the kids and the costumes.

And now, I don't have any Halloween hangover to clean up!

Maybe next year, I'll be better. Maybe next year, I'll have a lot more "good" days. Maybe next year, we'll get to the decorations and pumpkins. But this year, in spite of my limitations, was a pretty good year!


Hesses Madhouse said...

I'm sorry you didn't live up to your own expectations. I have actually done what you did this year for the past three years or so. I don't know if my youngest children had been to a pumpkin patch that they could remember unless they went with preschool. How sad is that? But, I'm learning that it's okay to give myself a break. Sounds like you have extra challenges to deal with, so please take care of you.

You really did do a lot, and I'm glad you mentioned the things you did do in this post. So, pat yourself on the back for those. You're a good mom to take your kids to the Fall Festival, the chili cook-off and hte trunk or treat, so good for you!!!