Yesterday afternoon I sat down with the kids to complete one of those tasks that turn out to be a lot more work than they should be: carving the Jack-O-Lantern. If you’re reading this and you have small children, you know exactly what I’m talking about. After much heated debate (on three parts) about whether the pumpkin should be happy or mad, the eyes should be circles or triangles, and other highly important details, it was finally completed. Not too bad, either. It brings out the kid in me, though, which is one of the many great things about being a parent. I’m really not sure I’d carve a pumpkin on Halloween if I didn’t have kids.
Once it got dark, we had to light him up, to Linus’s great delight. The next hour was punctuated with frequent trips to the porch to visit the Great Pumpkin.
And yes, I’ll tow the kids around tonight to go trick or treating, although this is a bigger job than I would like, as we’re country dwellers, and getting in and out of the carseats multiple times with complete pirate and princess paraphernalia is a “trick” in itself. (Esp. by myself, as David will be picking corn.)
I’m slowly getting my flower beds cleaned out, a task that I kind of enjoy. But it’s always a bit melancholy as well, especially considering the long, icy winters we’ve had the last two years.
On this Halloween-related note, I’m posting—right here—a few articles that are too good to put over on the Too Good page!
The race is very tight. This comes as little surprise to those of us who remember 2004, amidst all the “landslide Kerry” talk. Exit poll, schmexit poll. Just go vote, for crying out loud.
Young Voters and the Great Pumpkin by Andrea Tanteros
Plundering the Plumber’s Records by Michelle Malkin –Where’s the ACLU?!?!