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It's Not About the Costumes, It's About Shared Experiences

I had the pleasure of being a part of the Trick-or-Treat festivities at my son's home. With five kids, from the ages of two-years-old to twelve-years-old, getting into costumes and being ready to leave the house together, it was quite an experience.

Controlled chaos is how I like to think of it. To the credit of my son and his fiance, the process flowed smoothly considering the last minute details to be dealt with and the growing excitement of the siblings.

Even in their eagerness to hit the sidewalks, the kids helped each other out with getting into costumes and finding pieces and parts of same. Their individual personalities were evident, yet together they functioned as a team.

It warmed my heart to see the family all pull together, even for such an insignificant event in the entire scheme of things. Sure, they were cute in their costumes, but the real significance of the day is the shared experiences we all will have to look back on.

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Image Credit » Photo taken/owned by Deb Jones 10-26-2014

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Ellis wrote on October 29, 2014, 3:28 PM

One of those kids looks a bit anorexic to

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2014, 5:57 PM

Yes, it's a good thing he went out to gather goodies to put some meat on those bones. : )

SLGarcia wrote on October 29, 2014, 8:15 PM

I love seeing all the little ones in their costumes. I finished making my 7-year-old Grandson's costume today. It's the second one I've made for him through the years.

bestwriter wrote on October 29, 2014, 8:46 PM

The joy of planning anything is more than the event itself.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2014, 9:42 PM

Yes, this time of year I sure wish I had sewing skills. I imagine your grandson was proud as he could be of his one-of-a-kind costume.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2014, 9:43 PM

You speak the truth here, and another good reason not to have unrealistic expectations.

bestwriter wrote on October 29, 2014, 9:52 PM

I have just created a post on this :)

BarbRad wrote on October 30, 2014, 12:24 AM

That's a wonderful perspective. My memory is of the children coming home to inspect and sort their bags of candy and negotiating trades.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2014, 11:35 AM

I remember the trades from my own childhood. My brother was far better at getting what he wanted from me than I was from him -- my negotiation skills were poor. But it was fun and I look back on those memories fondly.

Pentalks2 wrote on November 6, 2014, 9:00 AM

No matter how they look like with their chosen costumes, one day they will be happy to look back on and be grateful to your job well done.

Feisty56 wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:30 PM

I had only one brother, so never enjoyed the chance to have multiple siblings with whom to bond -- and to argue, of course. : )