|Ahava, Samuel and Ziva |
On this, the morning after, I have visions of costumed kids dancing in my head. Despite the low-level, post-sugar-high headache, and the frenzied dash to the bus this morning (on what should certainly be a national holiday) I am happy.
|Halloween 2011 - McCall's Pumpkin Patch - Moriarty, NM|
|Halloween 2012 - Moriarty, NM|
What Halloween IS about is creativity and community. How could anyone not like that?
|Halloween 2006 - Tijeras, NM|
|Halloween 2012 - Albuquerque, NM|
Now, when I say "creativity," I'll admit that in years past, when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed with new babies and an over-worked, traveling husband, I was grateful to have second-hand costumes to throw on my kids. Back then it was a miracle that we even knew it was Halloween. And, it really didn't matter anyway. When they are that little, say between newborn and four, you could put them in a paper sack and they would get oohs and aahs from everyone you meet. Plus, those store-bought pumpkin/lady bug/giraffe/bumble bee/chicken/tiger baby costumes are so deliciously adorable, safer for babies and generally awesome that no new mom should feel bad about not creating some personalized, homemade masterpiece. Especially those of us who aren't, shall we say, "Domestically Gifted," anyway.
|Ahava - Halloween 2008|
|Ziva - Halloween 2011|
|Ahava - Halloween 2011|
|Her Lady Ahava|
|Ziva The Island|
That is why I found myself on Halloween eve sewing shells, sea stars and Beanie Babies onto my daughter's tropical island costume. And, unlike with so many other holiday-related preparations, particularly of the December variety, I found myself totally enjoying it. I kept chuckling to myself as I envisioned little Ziva heading to her Kindergarten class, with her palm tree planted firmly on her head. And I smiled to think of my Renaissance princess, Ahava, proudly gliding down the school hallways for the annual costume parade, looking regal. And, also unlike so many other built-up, commercialized holidays (which shall remain nameless), when Halloween rolled around there was no big let down because the reality didn't meet the expectations. In fact, when you finally pull all the pieces together and the kids go around town showing off their costumes, it always seems to be even better than I had imagined. The love tossed their way with compliments like "Great costume!" and "Don't you look adorable!" and "Wow that's a creative costume!" leaves us all with a happy glow that comes from feeling seen and special. Ironic, perhaps since they are wearing disguises, but sometimes you have to shed your daily expectation-laden persona and let your creative side shine through for others to really see you.
|Our Nanny, Miss Lirio|
|Toreador Rosa Linda and Samuel the Chicken|
|Hula Girl Nathan and Ziva the Island|
|Halloween 2011 - Albuquerque, NM|
|Halloween 2010 - Alamogordo, NM|
|Our costumed crew on Hakuna Matata - Halloween 2009|
|Halloween on Hakuna Matata - 2009|
But, because I anticipated being away for my favorite holiday, I set sail two months earlier as the "always prepared Mommy" my kids like to brag about (which, of course is not ALWAYS true, but who am I to ruin their Super-Mommy image of me?!?). I brought pumpkins for carving, orange and black construction paper for decorating, apples and caramel for baking, costumes for wearing and bags of candy for trick or treating. (I also brought a turkey for Thanksgiving… which actually turned out to be a really big chicken... but that's a subject for a future blog post!)
|Carving pumpkins island-style - 2009|
|Our Magical Halloween aboard Hakuna Matata - 2009|
|Halloween 2009 - Spooky Spock|
|Halloween 2012 - Albuquerque, NM|
And when you really think about it, isn't that exactly what your own favorite holidays are all about too?