Article by Wendy McCance
I have always loved this time of year. The cider mills, roasting pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins and decorating for Halloween are such good times. When you have kids, it seems the fun is heightened watching the kids enjoy the same things you loved as a child.
Well, the kids are getting older. My youngest is in middle school and the oldest will be graduating high school this year. I have been absorbing ever minute and making the best out of the time I have left to see the kids be kids.
My daughters were at the kitchen table carving their pumpkins. I heard the younger daughter joke with her sister that since she was in her last year of high school, this would be the last time she would be carving a pumpkin. My daughters reply was a simple, “ah, no I don’t think so.” I’m glad she isn’t feeling too old for what many label as “kid stuff.”
While the girls were busy with pumpkins, my son had an opportunity to get together with some friends, dress up in costume and go trick or treating through a semi-scary forest. As the youngest, he still has an abundance of Halloween spirit.
I know I have some time before the kids truly feel too old for many of these activities, but I have enjoyed seeing the kids enjoy these moments so much, I just don’t want them to end.
I am lucky in one regard. I have a husband that is a true kid at heart. He is great at getting everyone into the holiday spirit. The other day he came home from doing some errands. He surprised us with several pumpkins. He lined them up on the porch and waited for the kids to notice they had appeared. The kids were thrilled. They seemed most excited to pick out which pumpkin was the perfect pumpkin for each of them to carve.
The kids had planned an evening to carve their pumpkins. As they sat around the table laughing and carving, my husband got to work roasting some pumpkin seeds. A while later, he had snuck outside to decorate the front porch with pumpkin lights, a light up spiderweb and many spooky items he got down from the attic.
I love to see my husband enjoy the holidays as much if not more than the kids. He makes these moments so sweet. The best part is how the kids feel having a step-dad who looks for ways to make their childhood full of fun memories.
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