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“Double Double Toil and Trouble”

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!



“I just want to be like the other kids” ~ says the youngest ………


This sentiment was said by my youngest last week, she is 17, no joke, I am still laughing.  She was asking for permission to do something she knew the answer to, no whining, no pouting, just the above mentioned sentiment.  So I laughed, kindly, and said what makes you think that now at 17 you would be granted permission to be like the other kids now?  Then I reminded her that I love my children much more then all the other parents love theirs ~ hold on, don’t get your knickers in a twist, it is a common response among moms.

It got me to thinking, we have two daughters and a son.  This house is not based on equality at all times, and can be sexist as well.  I believe at various times this benefits both sexes.  However, our love for all three is unconditional.  We encourage all three to pursue their passions, dreams and let them know we are always there for them.

I know someone who has kept a book since birth for each of their children and their expenses so they keep it even.  This had my NON-poker face contorted.  I can not imagine tabulating every penny and making sure distribution is even.  To each their own.

May they always make me laugh, be like the other kids, hahahahahah