Anyway, since it's Halloween today, I thought I'd go to my favorite place, the past, and just talk a bit about this very strange custom we've developed in the US, Canada and Great Britain and several other European countries, as well as a few Asian ones. Forgive me if there are other countries out there who celebrate - I'd love to hear about it if so!
|I just love this picture because it sums up the way my daughter was /is always looking out after the boys, a real maternal person, just like her mom!|
Neighborhoods were true neighborhood back in the day (sort of like the little one we live in now, which is famous for its Norman Rockwell feel) and the front of my dress, with slip showing, was full of candy by the time my mother found me/us a block away from home - a HUGE breaking of the rules - I thought of it as "stretching" of the rules and I also strongly felt it WAS Halloween after all. Heaven knows, my just turned 5 years-old mind said that mom was just too much of a foreigner to grasp the importance of the situation and the importance of Halloween! My mom proceeded to lecture me the whole way home, angry as a hornet when really just scared and relieved that I was alive, of course, while I was exasperated since I hadn't crossed any streets, after all! Once we were home she dressed me as a gypsy, however, and miraculously she took me trick or treat to my heart's content, with little brother in tow.
But getting back to my mom: she would let us have about two pieces of candy and the rest would mysteriously disappear, a piece or two appearing only once or twice each year (and very stale by then!) as a reward for good behavior, good grades, or learning an EXTRA Russian poem. Yep, my mom. That rebellious soul!
At any rate, unfortunately - or fortunately, depending on how you look at it - there are no pictures remaining of our Halloweens growing up. They would truly be priceless. But I do have my kids' pictures and of course, I had to put some of those up! Just be thankful you're only getting three! The rest are in boxes that need organizing: a huge project that I'm trying to work on but things keep getting in the way!
I most certainly hope that those who live in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy are doing all right. We've had high winds and lots of rain with threats of snow (it snowed south of us) with a huge tree limb falling on one of our cars but we have had no electrical outages, just "almost" outages. I do hope everyone is feeling the best they possibly can be, only better. Ciao and paka!
Happy Halloween, everyone. I hear hubs downstairs and it is endless kids coming to the door, just as it should be!