Tradition Hangs in the Balance

And how do we keep our balance?  That I can tell you in one word.  Tradition!
–Tevye, the Papa, Fiddler on the Roof

The date has been blocked on the calendar since the month change. Countdowns were issued weekly. Thoughts were exchanged verbally amongst siblings about how the night would be, what they would wear, when we’d actually leave the house, and where we’d go. Daydreams ensued about pumpkin heads filled with all kinds of delightful treats.  All in the name of a fall time tradition that [we] love to celebrate: Halloween!

Franken-bot? Off With His Head

The day started out rather slowly.  Coffee.  Mama needs coffee.  And once the quota was filled–the quota being my two favorite mugfuls–I was ready to face the day; the busy day that would more than likely not bring any rest.  First stop was acting class where Olivia did her little one minute skit and wowed the socks off of her teacher.   During the time that the kids were there, Davey and I went to hell.  Ok, so, fine, we really just went to Wal-Mart, but honestly it was pretty close to hell.  Saturday, on Halloween, at Wal-Mart–what was I thinking?   We survived, though, and got back just in time to pick up the little actors.

Then it was time to work.  There was lunch to be served, cupcakes to be made, and pumpkins to carve.

Cupcakes, good.

Time flew by, and before we knew it night was upon us.  I started to get the kids in their costumes.

ZOMBIEGIRLFirst up was Zombie Girl.   This girl has been something ghoulish for the past three Halloweens.  Gone are the days of Princesses and Pop Icons.  She wanted scary, spooky freakishness, and scary, spooky freakishness she achieved.

Bionicle (by: Papa)Next was Benny the Bionicle.  When I found the box of old costumes in the garage, and he saw that Mikey’s old costume would fit him he immediately knew what he’d be.  After all, this is the kid who lives, eats, and breathes, Bionicles.

Ninja (by: Papa) Then it was the Ninja’s turn to get ready.  He wore a costume that was once his eldest brother’s, too.  Mikey was three when my parents took him and Olivia trick-or-treating in our old neighborhood in Cheektowaga, NY.   I can still see toddler Mikey walking down the cracked sidewalks, his plastic pumpkin in hand, excited about getting chocolates.

We kept asking David what he was going to be for Halloween and he reply was either “inja” or “I not gonna be a inja.”   Cutest damn Ninja that I’ve seen, oh, in eight years!

BILLY MAYS

Finally, there was Billy Mays.  I don’t know if I can add anything other than I love that Mikey chose to be him for Halloween.  Earlier in the week I had asked Twitter what they thought he should dress up as, knowing that he liked to wear creative, home-made costumes as opposed to the store bought.   Someone said, “How about Billy Mays,” and as soon as I told Mikey that, the deal was done.   Respectfully, Mikey became the OxiClean spokesman for a night.  He threw that thumb up and flashed his big, pearly whites.

After it was all said and done, Olivia and I were talking.  She said, “Mama, I’m happy about Halloween, but I also have this sad feeling now.”

“Oh, baby,” I said, “sounds to me like you have Halloween let-down.”

“What’s that?” she asked.

“Ya know on Christmas morning, when you’ve done opened all your presents, and the candy’s been eaten, and there’s nothing but crumpled paper under the tree?” I answered her with a question.

“Yes,” she replied.

“Well,” I said, “that’s Christmas let-down, and what you are feeling now is Halloween let-down.  After all, you’ve been thinking about this night for a whole month.  And now that it’s over, you feel kinda sad.  The good part, though, is that we get to mark a new holiday on the calendar tomorrow!”

She was satisfied.

Our Jack-o-Lanterns

Me?  I’m still not entirely satisfied.  November has started and–as quickly as time flies–it’ll be over before we know it.   That’s why I’m just going to take it one day at a time.  I’m allowing myself time to fix any mistakes I’ve made.  I’m resigning myself to be patient with myself; my mind, body and soul.

So dull and dark are the November days.
The lazy mist high up the evening curled,
And now the morn quite hides in smoke and haze;
The place we occupy seems all the world.

–John Clare, November

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10 Responses to “Tradition Hangs in the Balance”
  1. 11.02.2009

    I loved this! Your kids all look terrific and sound adorable. I’m really eyeing those cupcakes, tho.

  2. I’ll say it again: that Billy Mays costume ROCKED. What a great idea!

    And now I’ll have the Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack in my head all day.

  3. 11.02.2009

    love your costumes!
    My kids didn’t enjoy Halloween too much this year – VERY cold in these parts!

  4. 11.02.2009

    My fav has to be Billy Mays costume! I love that he wants to make his own costume.

    I love how you talked to her about Halloween Let-down that there is a new holiday to look forward to. :) So true!!

  5. 11.02.2009

    All my kids are grown and gone and there is no more costuming in our household. One of these days one of those erstwhile young men is going to provide me grandchildren – and we get to do it all over again. So HURRY UP YOU GUYS!!!

  6. 11.02.2009

    What a wonderful Halloween post. Those family traditions are so worth it, despite the holiday let-down when it’s all over. We carved pumpkins and had school parties. We decorated the outside of the house with cobwebs and luminaries. And I sat on the porch swing in my witch hat chatting up the trick-or-treaters while my crew roamed the neighborhood with their dad. These are the things that family and community are built on. I’m so glad we live in a place where we can make that kind of holiday memory with our kids.

    Thanks for the great post! – Julia at Midwest Moms

  7. 11.02.2009

    LOVE LOVE their costumes. I love seeing your traditions, I can only imagine how special they are to you!

  8. 11.02.2009

    Love the costumes, good luck with NaNoMoPlo this year

  9. 11.02.2009

    The costumes are great. I love Billy Mays, that was brilliant.

  10. 11.04.2009

    Oh the costumes are great! Loved Billy Mays. And yes, I am familiar with the let down. Now I am trying to get excited about Thanksgiving, but I have all these stopping points along the way to get through.


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