Although this wasn’t L’s first Halloween, in some ways it felt like it. Last year, she was only 9 months old, so Halloween equated “this bulky thing you put on me is weird and annoying, mom.” She looked darn cute though!
This was also the first year since JD started with the police department that I can actually remember him having the night off. We debated taking advantage and actually taking L trick-or-treating (who knows what his schedule will look like next year), but decided she’s probably still a little too young. Instead, we hung out on the porch and handed out candy. As it turns out, L was probably just as happy doing that anyway.
I was a bit worried that all the kids in costumes would freak her out, or that she would catch on to the fact that she was giving away all of our precious candy (leaving none for her), but she actually took on the role of Official Candy Giver-Outer enthusiastically. She spent most of the evening parading around with the candy bowl, and when she saw kids coming up, she would take a piece of candy out of the bowl and put it in their bag, then wave as they walked away and say “bye!”
It’s funny how parenthood makes you see things from a fresh perspective, how something like Halloween, which I stopped appreciating several years ago, is new and exciting again. Now I get to see things through L’s eyes, and there is so much joy in that.