Halloween in the real world

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Too many times we have ideas of perfection in our head about every little thing.  Our house will be decorated like Martha Stewarts.  Our treats will be in perfectly scary (but not too scary) treat bags.  Our children will be dressed in perfect costumes without a hair out of place.  Then reality sets in.  Warning — the rest is not for the faint of heart.




Halloween eve, my husband has picked up the children from day care and is on his way home….when our almost three old daughter Punk lets out a sound that tells him all is not right.  Then the vomit flies.  We’re so lucky our son could hold his cookies in — normally he’s a goner at that point.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t just too much candy at day care – it was the dreaded stomach flu.



It was such a beautiful night out (65 degrees when it could have been 20 and snowing) there was no way ChickenFried could miss trick-or-treating.  So, we snuck his costume out to the car and told Katy that Carter and Dad were going to the store.  Punk and I put Cindarella in the DVD (a princess movie always makes you feel better), grabbed some emergency supplies and settled into the couch. A while later, the boys returned, having actually gone to the store … and a few stops in between.



So it wasn’t the Halloween anyone had hoped for, but I got some good snuggle time with Punk, and Chicken Fried and BigD had good boy bonding time.  ChickenFried appreciated it.  When we were tucking him into bed I heard him say “Dad, thanks for taking me to the store!”  What could be more perfect than that?


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