11.01.2012

Today's Ramblings.


This morning I sit at my computer and am so tired.  The truth is that I find Halloween to be crazy exhausting, especially on a school night.  I'm also feeling rather irritated this morning that I sent Theo to school yesterday with a $17 costume which he came home in minus his brand new winter coat, pants, shirt that could not be found anywhere on the school grounds this morning.  Grrr.  Here's to hoping they will still turn up.

Our days were probably very similar yesterday.  Amped up energy, school parties and sugary treats.  Candy.  More candy.  For obvious reasons this is why I'm not terribly fond of the holiday.  Also, Theo's school did a costume parade.  Yesterday morning as I helped Theo figure out how to assemble his costume and put it on all by himself we talked about the possibility that there would be kids who didn't have a costume for the parade and how sad that might be for them.  Sure enough, I walked Theo to his classroom and almost instantly heard a little one tell the teacher that he did not have a Halloween costume.  My legs went weak.  Theo heard him too and shot me a look.  In his eyes I saw the connection and I'm positive that I saw sadness for his classmate.  We learn.

Last night after the house fell quiet and the sugar coma fizzled out, Eric and I stayed up until almost 2am talking, catching up on our lives.  I thought I heard an owl, twice, but when I looked nothing was there except the light of the moon and the feeling of hope.  Then I did what I do every night just before I close my eyes, I walked to the boys' room to check on them one last time, a habit since the day Theo was born still going strong.  My eyes fell on Theo and the way he was snuggled up with his Ellie (elephant).  The moment was so sweet that I slipped into his bed and pulled him close to me.  For the longest time I studied him - his face, his jawline, his tiny fingers gently wrapped around Ellie's well loved fur.  I wondered how much longer he will go to bed needing the comfort of his sweet Ellie to fall asleep - two more years tops?  A tear slipped down my cheek.  I thought I heard an owl again.


. . . Theo told me that his teacher helped the little boy make a costume for the parade.  Knowing Theo's teacher, I bet that costume rocked.  Bless teachers.

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  1. This year the district we were in said no costumes at school on Halloween. They still had a party, but no costumes...they could only wear them to the carnival last Friday. Parents complained, but really...when you think about it? It kind of makes sense.

    I still do the same with Nolan...with the horrible events in CO the past few months involving kids, it is reassuring to me to feel him pressed against me; that weight of his letting me know he is there.

    ~Angelika

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    1. Angelika, I wish our school followed those guidelines. And yes, all the recent events around here certainly have me holding my little ones more.

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  2. Oh, dear! I'm crossing my fingers that the "regular clothes" will still show up. And I agree that we could do without the school costume parade. N complained to me (post school parade) that his costume wasn't scary enough. What? Really? This was his big take-away from a school day? Even with all the trick-or-treating sweets, I still think t-o-t has some redeeming value and lessons to be learned in terms of: community, manners, neighborliness, and hopefully, modesty(?!?). But a lot of these other activities? I don't know: they feel like more hype and less value.

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    1. Yes! to your thoughts on trick-or-treating. :)

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  3. Oh, I know it's not funny but I had to laugh at the idea of coming home in a costume and tossing aside his real clothes- I do hope they turn up! Great pumpkins as well.

    xo Lilly

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    1. Luckily, the new coat made its way home yesterday. Clothes still missing. ;)

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  4. One of my daughters has a special stuffed dog, "Charlie" that she brings everywhere with her, except school. My son has his special blanket. I'm hoping that, while they may not always look for them for that little bit of extra security, they will always have a special place for them on their beds. For a while, at least.

    Glad to see his coat was found! :)

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  5. My brother took his bear to college.

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