Yesterday was Halloween but we didn’t really think much about it until the day before. Others have been conversing on their blogs with thoughts on the day and I have found it really interesting to hear the different thoughts. It has expanded my own thoughts for sure. While I’m not much of a halloween girl in that I find masks frightening and I don’t really enjoy passing out treats that are high in corn syrup, artificial flavorings and coloring, I am not really going to get deep into my thoughts on here. I do like that it is a chance to meet neighbors and build community in way that so often seems forced and awkward at other times. Most of the lights on our street were out though and we were invited to our favorite tea house here in town. So we dressed our girls up in their finest and went out for dinner.
Maybe next year, what I would really like to do will be possible; like to have a bonfire and have hot drinks or some kind of come and go party. See, I don’t really want to take the girls trick or treating, but I don’t want to turn out the lights and go to the basement either. I don’t want the division of “us versus them”. Not for my kids nor in my heart. I want to be part of my community and share in the life that happens within it. Even if community happens in a way that I wouldn’t exactly choose (ie. scary masks), I still want find ways to take part. In the meantime, I enjoyed my girls in their “costumes”.
Love this. Good thoughts.And when did Cecile grow up?!?
(OH! The Ergo insert is here and AWESOME! What was I thinking attempting to sub in prefolds?? And the little hat is SO cute! Thanks friend…!!!) (sorry to combo this into a comment, just gotta do it while I can…love you!)
They are so adorable! Really liked this post too.
We were thinking about the same thing here. I would love to have a big burning party with all of our branches and leaves and stuff from all summer that we’ve saved and have drinks and community at our house on halloween.
and I just love C’s chubby ankles in those tights and shoes.
Pretty girls indeed! Good ideas for future community gatherings. Our Hallowe’en growing up was always backyard (or lakeside) community fires, you could dress up some years, but with a theme it was fun. No time was spent going door to door for candy just marshmallow roasting and cookies. I remember many years it was actually really warm that evening so we were outside with hot drinks until late. Our evening is laid back now, just answering the door & the kids enjoy meeting up with their friends for an hour or so in town going around the neighborhood always dressed as an animal or superhero.. but it sure would be great to have a meeting place with a fire that evening too 🙂
I wanted to do a kids party decorating cookies, playing games etc. this year. But Ben said I couldn’t plan one more thing. So next year, if you’re here and plan it, please invite us!
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