It was certainly uplifting. Apparently, he has a Guardians of the Galaxy-obsessed daughter. The thing is, I was going to share my original Groot post today anyway, for Finish the Sentence Friday, and for the sake of Halloween! I also want to share it again, because, Cassidy didn’t make his costume in 302 hours. He made it in six days, of which he was also working and parenting. So maybe he made it in 60 hours? 72, tops? Also, I won’t give any spoilers, but this year will not disappoint.
Sometimes I have tunnel vision and it’s nothing to brag about. When there’s something big on the horizon, it’s hard to focus too hard on smaller things before or after that big thing. Say for example, it’s senior prom. Say you have a major physics project due the Monday after prom weekend, but you can’t even think about it until after the prom is over and you’re back home and your sister’s boyfriend makes your project for you, and it doesn’t even work, but it’s so special and homemade that your teacher gives you an “A” on it and you don’t even have to take your physics final. You get to sit out in the hallway with a book and look in at all of the much smarter (at physics) kids and watch them take the final exam you’ll never take.
Cassidy may call it luck. I may call it that too, but also skill because I’m surrounded by wonderful and creative people and hey, I did take care of Des’ costume, and my own, and I did take a lot of photos and I did write this post, and I helped Cassidy in and out of that costume 17,000 times and I broke a few sweats too. I’m not calling myself completely useless at Halloween this year, but I was not the star to shine. And that was ok. My tunnel vision only allowed for my sister’s wedding, and a ton of photo shoots before and after that. Meanwhile while I was in my fog, Cassidy was dreaming and planning, only SIX DAYS BEFORE HALLOWEEN. And it looked like THIS. And then dreaming and planning turned into working REALLY hard.
Since I never met a Top 10 list I didn’t like, I decided to write the “Top Ten Things I Loved About Halloween 2014.” And quite like the wedding post, I started writing this on Halloween night. It wrote itself. So now I present it to you. There’s Halloween. There’s Halloween as a parent. There’s Halloween as a parent in a really cool town. There’s Halloween as a parent in a really cool town, with Groot, Rocket and Superman. You just never know, do you? I didn’t drop the ball after all.
1 – In the morning, Des and I went to Scarlet’s school to watch the kindergarten classes make a parade around the entire school in costume. We had some time to kill after the parade and before the half-day dismissal and I had a wonderful hang out and heart-to-heart on the playground with Scarlet’s friend’s mom. Bonus is that Des fell asleep in the swing!
2 – Walking around all day with the best costume contest winner, which got him a prize ($$$). I was just darn proud. I’d tell anyone who listened to me, “That’s MY husband. He made that costume himself!”
3 – Walking around town and seeing friends, and clients, and people who are both friends AND clients!
4 – Going to River Valley Market to get some late-night snacks. In costume, of course.
5 – The car needed gas and it’s always fun to get gas on Halloween because you’re getting gas next to a clown, a witch, and oh yeah – the woman in front of you is the secretary at Scarlet’s school! You have to love our small city.
6 – Walking in the parade with Scarlet holding onto my stroller with one hand, and holding hands with two friends from preschool with the other hand. They were all telling each other Halloween riddles and cracking each other up.
7 – Realizing Cassidy’s artistic potential as reflected back from the faces of hundreds of people. Heck, thousands.
8 – We stopped by a friend’s party after trick-or-treating and before the parade. There was a giant, handmade, remote (or radio?)-controlled Frankenstein on their lawn! It could move and talk and had a microphone where someone inside could look outside and talk to kids walking by. It was AMAZING. I was in a cloud of Groot pride and care, but this deserves its own post. I wish I had photos but I didn’t have my camera at that point, because.. Groot, Des, stroller, freezing, candy bags, etc. My friend’s dad made it when he was only 13 and it was passed down to my friend’s family. Seriously, amazing.
9 – Scarlet told me I was the prettiest Snow White she had ever seen! The fairest of them all?
10 – I stole a piece of candy from Des’ bucket at 1:00am. It was a Milky Way. I hadn’t had one in years!
I’m sure I have an honorable mention for every single person I saw out there that night. I know I spout a lot about the online blogging love (which is real and fierce!), but my in-person people are pretty spectacular too.
This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “When it comes to Halloween..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.