The first time my “Pumpkin Fairy Princess” (that was some costume!) trick or treated her chubby little hand could barely hold 2 toostie rolls.
Last week, with a venti decaf iced mocha latte in her hand she said “Mom, I think I am too old trick or treat”.
Quietly I took a punch to the heart .”Really honey, I don’t think you are.
Do you really want to miss out on the fun & the sweets?” At that moment the most important thing was for my daughter to want to romp around in a costume extorting candy from the neighbors. “Yeah, I think I might be”, she replied.
I spent days thinking about this proclamation. I thought about Halloween. I thought about Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny. Is the gig up? The unspoken has been almost been spoken. I know, that she knows, that….
Then I thought…what do these things have in common…what makes it all magical?
“Wonder” ~ If you keep the wonder, it doesn’t really matter if you collect candy, write to Santa, trade your tooth for a surprise or search the house for an Easter basket.
As a parent change happens everyday, subtle or sometimes like a punch to the heart. I’m ok with that…no, really I am…as long as we keep the wonder. In fact, isn’t it even better to find wonder in the everyday? Yes it is…and my girl, at the ripe old age of 13, finds it everyday.
Here’s to keeping the ‘wonder’ in your holidays & everyday!
** Kelly **