Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween just happens to be my favorite holiday. I'm not sure why, it just always has been. It was my grandma's favorite holiday too, so I don't feel too weird about it. Every year as a kid, I looked forward to wearing my costume to school and the Halloween party we always had. I am glad to have grown up during the years that I did; I was talking to Robin, who is a teacher, and she was telling me about all of the rules that kids have now on Halloween as far as their costumes. There are so many rules - no masks, no makeup, no weapons, no wearing your costume to school, etc. Limited fun. I know those kids don't know what they're missing, but I feel like kids these days are cheated a little. No tall slides, all plastic equipment, no merry-go-rounds, see-saws. No homemade treats on their birthday to bring to school, no Christmas music. It's sad to me. Everything is over the top safety, protection, and kid-proofed. It's a wonder we survived as kids, riding our bikes with no safety gear until late at night, eating the Halloween candy the shady neighbors gave us, and sliding down a slide that had been sitting in the sun on a summer day hotter than a thousand hells. Ah, the days of my youth.

Now that I have kids, I'm going to try to relax. Let them be kids - no overprotecting, over-reacting, and over kid-proofing. I may even let Aidan have more than 1 piece of candy tonight - GASP! (followed by a most-rigorous toothbrushing because hey, i have to draw the line somewhere and i'm hoping against all hopes that my kids don't have my weak enamel)...I'm going to try to bring a little bit of the "old-fashioned-ness" of my days creep into our family holidays.

Today: 2:30PM - Halloween at RealNetworks (Ryan's work). Trick or Treating, Costume Parade, contests, etc.

Tonight: Trick or Treat (just a few houses) with the Lowery's, dinner, and bed.

I'm all kinds of giddy.