Friday, 6 November 2009
Life is busy.
It gets busier every year.
The older the children get the faster the pace of life.
And sometimes things slip.
Last Saturday my nine-year-old was so excited about Halloween and he was desperate to go Trick or Treating.
We had done it for many years.
When the older children were little we dressed up, held our own parties, went to parties and made a big thing of it.
But there are so many other things in our life (and their lives) now.
This year I wanted to forget it.
I didn't even bother getting the cosutmes out of the loft.
On Thursday evening I had to dash to Tesco to get an outfit for a school dress-up for him.
Saturday came and my older two (age 14 and 18) were doing their own thing, my daughter( age 12) was going to a party with her friend and I felt a little guilty.
In the end I allowed him to invite a friend and walked to a few homes that we knew and then settled in for the night.
By 6pm it was all over with.
The following day I read this article about the importance of childhood memories, tradition and celebration.
I felt a little more guilt about the rushed Halloween.
Last night was Bonfire Night and although it was cold and wet we still trudged to the local Cub Bonfire and Firework Display.
My older two had their own plans but we went back to the friends we have spent the past six Bonfire Nights with for sausages with the younger two.
Today I emailed my brother and asked if he wanted to bring his children up in December so we can celebrate an early Christmas with our parents and our children. Something we have never been able to do before.
And I hope that these memories will remain alive for my children for many, many years to come.
Jeans - Gap
Boots - Dorothy Perkins
Sweather and gilet - Primark
Scarf - Principles