Good morning readers. Hoping that you made it through past hump day and are looking forward to another productive day. I spent the day working on painting with a new paint which I must say I love!! I was able to accomplish quite a bit yesterday and hope that today will prove to be just as productive. This weekend will be busy with a couple story telling jobs for Halloween and next week as well. I have told my share this year of ghost stories and am actually looking forward to some winter time to catch up on some new stories for my repertoire.
As for today's blog, my inspiration came from a letter I saw posted on Facebook. the letter was written by a father to all of the neighbors that he and his son would be visiting for Halloween's Trick or Treating. His son's illness does not allow him any sweets but is very much looking forward to the act of the day. The father wrote a letter and delivered it with a small toy, asking they give that toy to his son when they arrived. He gave them his son's name and said that he would introduce himself at the door. He didn't want to have his son disappointed with treats that he could not have. Imagine the thoughtfulness of this father.
That made me think about the act of giving. That is really what is going on that day. I can remember that for a number of years in the past, I have a warehouse nearby that has a clearance sale each year. One year they had all these packages of colored glitter pens. I believe there were 3 in a pack. I bought a case and that it what I handed out for Halloween. The kids were blown away at the door, receiving a gift instead of candy...and not in a bad way! I remember one year, I purchased a bunch of those lips that had a whistle in them and they looked like the old waxed lips. Those were enjoyable even for me to fool around with. I know that the children enjoy the candy, but imagine a prize of sorts. When I read about this particular child, it really made me think that perhaps this tradition just might have to return to my house.
When I thought about the giving factor of Halloween, I was quite pleased. It is a time, when adults actually look forward to a giving day. A day that is set aside to share with children. I know that especially for the older generation it is often times a real joy to see the children and their costumes. I remember when my mother in law was alive, she would sit in a chair on the front porch and await the children with a bowl of candy. She would talk with the kids as they came up to get their treats. Without really even realizing it...the children are giving as well. For many adults, the children are giving them a smile. A moment of joy, perhaps even a moment of remembering when their children, or even themselves for that matter were dressed up for the holiday. What a "Sweet" thing that happens on that day. It is more that those sweets that get handed out. It is the "Sweet" gestures by those who participate. Let's face it..it is an added expense....and in the economic times, the last thing that anyone really needs to do...but somehow....almost everyone finds the joy in the giving. When thinking about it, I have to smile. My faith somehow gets restored in the generosity of mankind.
Last year, I had a group of handicapped children brought out by their caregivers. I was told that it was their first time trick or treating. the young people were probably in the late teens. They were just as thrilled as the 3 year old. I was so overcome by the kindness of the caregivers to take them out and share with them the excitement of the day. I walked down the stairs to place treats in all their bags and talk with them. There is so much good that happens in our world...we just need to see it.
When you hand out candy or treats this year, smile and think about how much joy that youngster is having. How much joy and time that their parent may have put into their costumes. Smile because you helped to make them a memory that they someday will look back on.