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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!



How do I love thee – let me find the ability to count the ways

There was high awareness this week on NBC about loving the selfie.  It got me thinking, we love our families, friends, we are forgiving of so many and then we walk by a mirror, look at a photo and cringe.  

I’m taking on a challenge which will start with lent and I hope continues for a lifetime.  I am making a promise to myself to start each day reminding myself of all that I love about me.  I want to be thankful for the body that bore my children, I have earned my laugh lines and promise to laugh every day.  I believe that the more I love me, the more that love will radiate in to the world.  I want my children and husband to see themselves and love themselves through my eyes. 

I remember in younger days when I didn’t want to be in photo because my hair wasn’t done, or I felt fat, perhaps the wrong outfit.  All that got me was missing out in photos for generations of family.  Now I allow the pics that are not always perfect because neither am I but I love me just the same.

I vow to leave negativity with those that speak it, and will not allow them to bring me down.  This is not an unrealistic idea that every day will be filled with rainbows and unicorns.  It is a promise to me, to validate myself before I go out in the world where the only certainty is uncertainty.

In this ever changing world wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all took the time to start our day with a little love for thy self..Image