It’s a week away from Halloween and the temps are starting to drop. Fall weather has finally joined us at the Jersey Shore. Living in Toms River, it is one of the few places that we trick or on October 30th, yes the day before Halloween. The idea was established so the town could all enjoy the Halloween Parade on the 31st as a family. I have some great memories of lining up on Main St. early to have a good view with a zip loc bag of sugar filled treats.
When I was a kid (oh my sounding older then my 49 years), we were excited to go out and fill up a pillow case of goodies. Stopping home to unload your treats, fuel up and go back out for round 2 or 3! Times they are a changing, society is changing, there is a lot more “Trunk or Treats” for children’s safety and what seems like convenience. There is something to be said about going out and walking for hours for candy you don’t even like just to say you got more then your friends. It is a simple way that children have fun and learn their perseverance pays off.
Over the years, there have been less trick or treaters and definitely more cars driving the kids around to get their treats. Everyone is in a rush, missing out on the simple fun and dare I say exercise. Our kiddos are grown but we are excited to stroll with our grandson and see his reaction to the costumes and treats. He is too young to walk and eat the goodies but his mommy has his costume or costumes ready to go!
So don’t be ghoulish, turn on your front light, welcome the little goblins and have fun in seeing the joy in the kids eyes. I’m thinking of a sign to have for parents who are walking the endless hours and might need a refill in their cup!
Happiness, it’s as simple as the state of being happy. However, happiness has a look, touch, feel to each individual. You can choose to be happy for a friend who is overjoyed and think that would not be for me. You can feel happiness at the sight of a person, nature or just have that warm feeling over take you when you count your blessings.
May you find happiness within yourself when you wake, watching a sunrise, a kiss from your spouse, call from your kids, smelling the ocean, watching the sunset, seeing children at play, a beautiful garden, the clouds, mountain view, through music ~ in other words keep your eyes and heart open!
So today is Friday the 13th, instead of fear, worry or superstitions I hope you find happiness.
What a beautiful week prior to Valentines Day. A week to celebrate marriage, with the second Sunday of February being World Marriage Day. Three weeks prior to our 23rd wedding anniversary my husband and I were blessed to attend mass at our parish today and renew our vows, with our fellow parishioners. Our Pastor is wonderfully animated, yet sincere, sharing with us the longest married couple in our parish has been married 72 years! He blessed us all, and congratulated all who were still married for being able to commit to the promise of our vows. We had a mass filled with engaged couples, newlyweds and many decades of matrimony.
He made some jokes on who has never had a fight, offered reconciliation to any who raised there hands. He gave us all things to reflect upon, an even allowed us to kiss each other after renewing our vows for those who wanted to. We kissed!
As we approach our 23rd anniversary, life is better then good. We have experienced enough to be thankful to want to kiss each other good morning and good night. I am thankful for our faith, our love, and our family and that is the order of priority that works best for us.