I'm not really a Halloween person, or I haven't been since about the age of 10. But I also wasn't a Wiggles person, an Elmo person, a motherly person, an amusement park person, or a person who likes to get sandy at the beach. Now, I'm all of those things and more. Well, OK, I still don't like to get sandy at the beach.
E has made everything in our lives so new and different. She has given meaning to absolutely every little thing, every little moment, in a way that I just didn't know was possible. I could barely sleep last night, I was so excited to dress her up and make all of those trick-or-treating books we've been reading come alive for her.
Baba and I kept looking at each other as we walked through the streets of our little neighborhood, just amazed at how much fun we were having because of how much fun she was having. She would go up to the door with Baba and ring the bell. Heaven forbid there was a dog barking, she'd turn squealing into Baba's legs. When someone answered the door she'd say in her tiny little voice, "Tri-O-Treeeeeeee" followed up by a little "Tayn You!" and then: "Next House!" And off she'd go looking for "No Ruff Ruff Ruff!" and "More KEEEEY!" (That's, NO DOG, MORE CANDY) When we got back home, I was delighted to see that she was just as happy to give candy out to trick-or-treaters as she was to collect the loot herself.
Tonight I'm sitting here amazed, like I do many nights when I think of our day with our daughter, and all of the wonderful ways in which our lives have turned upside down. How could a silly holiday focused on candy and costumes feel so special? Because of E. Because we have this wonderful little package to share everything with, to see life in a new way through her beautiful eyes.
I'm talking too much, I know. You just want pics so here they are. Plus--as all parents out there know--it's time for us to go and raid the candy.
|The cutest Pumpkin!|