Trying to stay patient weeks before
While shopping with the kids for costumes
Only to get home and my daughter wails,
“But I wanted to be a pirate!”
“You’re a girl,” answers my son,
Dressed in his pirate costume.
“ You can’t be a pirate.”
“She can be a pirate,” I reply.
“But this year she chose to be a skeleton.”
Buying enough candy for the neighbourhood kids.
Turning a pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern
With a candle in its gutted centre
Lighting up its grin.
Rushing home after work for a quick dinner.
Arguments about warm clothes under costumes.
Walking through the darkened streets
Filled with witches, goblins and monsters.
Coming home with kids on a sugar high
Sorting candy, then getting them off to bed
Before crashing on the couch to watch TV
With one mini candy bar from each child.
Gawd, I miss it!