Autumn was ushered in by a birthday.
A big one.
Bringing with it thoughts and self reflection.
Silly me, for not realising it hadn’t started!
How to celebrate? Away from home, friends, familiar places.
Focus on my family. My home, my familiar.
Pink cake, sparkles and fun.
Thoughtful gifts, excited children, special time.
Life continues, and I look forward.
Autumn brought a first.
Old clothes, straw, wooden frames.
Games with tights. Look, it’s Princess Leia!
Funny face. Cheeky, tipsy grin. Our scarecrow.
Pride of place on the porch, for all to see.
A new skill!
How traditions are made.
Acceptance, inclusion, community.
Autumn gave us Halloween!
Preparation. Preparation. Preparation.
When in Rome, as they say.
Decorated house, lights and pumpkins, cobwebs and spiders.
Tombstones and skeletons.
Halloween cookies, craft pumpkins, glittery skulls.
Being boo-ed, cupcakes and surprises and neighbourhood kindness.
Costumes and parades and parties.
Wide eyes, smiling faces.
Afternoon trick or treating, in the rain – who cares?
Wee girl runs, ‘tree tree’ and ‘dan-doo’ ring out.
Community spirit, community fun.
Then, an evening out, of course, for boys with school friends to meet.
Important trick or treating duties to fulfil.
Scary houses, such effort made. To entertain, to excite, to wow.
Home again, tired and happy and with mountains of candy!
Autumn leaves us.
I will remember celebrations.
I will remember reflecting on home and family, missing old friends.
I will remember making scarecrows and the start of new friendships.
I will remember sugar highs and excitement and cries of ‘awesome’!
I will remember laughter and love.
I will remember joyful faces.
And, I will remember being happy.
This is my post for Day Two of the wonderful One Week [Autumn 2013] over at Older Mum in a Muddle. Come back tomorrow for Day Three.