Halloween 2011 Family Photo
|Halloween 2012 Family Photo|
My late husband LOVED Halloween. I think it’s an accepted form of begging for stuff that most can buy for themselves. He and I fought year after year on the SIZE and QUANTITY of the give away. Two years ago my husband bought mini-mini’s. I believe 3 of these equaled one half of a whole bar, so that is what I gave. We argued over how inappropriate a prize that was.
Eric’s last Halloween he went hog wild and bought the giant 1 lb. bars AND the regular bars. The family walked the neighborhood as I gave out the candy. Small bars first saving the big ones for, not sure what. “Why did you save the big candy for last?”, he screamed. “I always save my favorites for last,” was my retort. No candy fight this year.
Took the kids to a street called “Dolphin Rd.” A beautiful street on Palm Beach Island. They close this street to traffic, (except those moms (me) who are dumb enough to drive down the street.).
Free Italian ice from the local icery known as Rita’s Ice - free hot dawgs from a Sabrett cart. Moms, dad, and kids wore beautiful costumes.
“How’d it go?” I asked the kids. They were both surprised that the size of a home does not correlate with the size of the candy given out. I think they were hoping the top 1% would give more then those that are in the 99%. That’s not how Halloween works I tried to explain to them.
My day was filled with sadness.
I watched dads sit on the driveway of their multi-million dollar estates - wearing camouflage jackets - sitting on Adirondack chairs and shooting the shit. This brought back a flood of memories of my husband sitting in the driveway of our home - wearing a fleece jacket - camouflage shorts - gnawing (literally) on a steak bone that he heated over a flame in a fire-pit on our driveway, drinking a scotch.
|Not Halloween but could've been!!|
My kids and I never discussed the obvious missing trick or treat'er, but we all knew it. It was the, for lack of better phrasing, the ghost in the room. I held each of my big kids for a little while longer and kissed them more deeply. A kiss from two of us.
I must see if there’s a government agency I can call to ask them to ban all, and I mean all, holidays from being acknowledged for the next 12 months.