Today is the day before Halloween. And every year on this day, I think back on a time that goes down in history as THE CRAPPIEST day before Halloween. I still cringe when I think about it. It was one of those days I wish I just hadn't woken up because it got screwed up so badly! I shoulda, coulda, woulda, been better off hiding in my bed. If only I'd known. I had 3 little monsters, and their sweet and very tolerant older sister. And It was the day before Halloween.
All the freaking costumes were done, dinner was finished, I was more than exhausted but pushing myself on fumes (you KNOW what I'm talking about), and I was holding a board meeting down the street at a friend's house. I was the Stake Primary President at church and we had the children's choir singing at Stake Conference soon. And as if THAT wasn't enough I was directing said choir AND we had to do a stake primary (back in the day they did that, and yes, it was insane then) and were planning for more than 100 little kids. It was that kind of day.
|Busy church activities sometimes took over my life...sometimes.|
|Me on a much better day...|
|Halloween brings back some fun memories...and some not so fun.|
I remember being so lonely for adult company that some days I would just attack my hubs at the door when he came home from work. I'd follow him around the house like a duck asking him who he talked to that day, where he went out to lunch, who with, and what did they talk about. I would just whine, "Talk to ME!" I just wanted adult conversation after a day cooped up at home with a terrible two year old, a preschooler and most of the boys in the neighborhood constantly camped out at my house.
|Now I get to play with Little Bees and Ladybugs! Lucky me!|
|And I just love this cute little Snow White. Who wouldn't?|
|The hubs and I...he always made the hard things easier for me....we were in it together!|
|Yeah, it was a memory I will never forget....all those flashing lights on my front lawn...UGH!|
Yeah. A real emergency, play dough in the ears. I couldn't even believe it! I learned later that my 11 year old daughter had told the police, "My mom is at a church meeting." So the nice officer had taken her in his squad car down to my church and paraded around asking where I was. (Yeah. I know! It just gets worse and worse). Not only was my reputation completely shot in my neighborhood, but now I was toast at church too! It was Complete humiliation! It was a really bad night for a mom, I remember it well. And it wasn't funny. Nope.
|Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!|
The funny part comes later when all the hoopla had left my house. I had pulled all the curtains. The kids had gone to bed. I was sitting in the dark crying the ugly cry with a whole box of tissues used up all around me in a weepy circle. When who shows up but my happy go lucky hubs, all smiley and chipper. I seriously wanted to clock him! He'd forgotten HE ALSO had a church meeting. He was a high counselor at church and also had a 7:00 pm meeting he'd forgotten AND neglected to tell me about. So he simply went straight to his meeting thinking the kids would all be OK for an hour. So we BOTH blew it!
The very next day was Halloween. Yeah. I remember trick or treating through my neighborhood THAT year. (sounds of sniffling...)
|At Halloween last year with my 3 granddaughters....MUCH more fun!|
So I guess, time + crisis = humor, as they say. I can laugh about it now, it's actually hysterical! But 24 years have passed so...it's about time I got over it. I should have gone to therapy. But every year, on the day before Halloween, I remember it, kind of like a zombie apocalypse bad dream. And it makes me chuckle just a little bit.
|One of my favorite little monsters....kiss kiss|
|The screamer-playdough pusher, the teaser, and the 911 caller, not in any particular order.....|
Tomorrow night I look forward to passing out the trick or treats to all those little devils who will knock on my door. Maybe I'll send them all home with little packs of Playdough? (snicker...) Have a Happy Halloween! Enjoy those little monsters!
|Cute Little Devil......|