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I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Costumes and Your Inner Psyche

Okay, Liz, I might need you here. We attended a fabulous costume party last night. It was cool because everyone there went all out. Usually you've got a few slummers who refuse to dress up (like, uh, me), but last night everyone looked great. It was a lot of fun. This morning, as I reflect on the whole thing, I can't help but think about what our costumes say about us. Granted, most of us have kids, so much of the costume creation stems from whatever we can get our hands on. Still, wearing a costume gives us the opportunity to express or exaggerate a part of our personalities. Consider the costumes your kids are wearing: how do they jive with their personalities? That's why those kids on our porch are so stinkin' cute. Because you KNOW she yearns to be treated like a princess and he hopes to attain superhero status, or vice versa.

So about my addiction. I really made an effort to have a healthy dinner last night (and make my kids eat lots of veggies, too). Halloween week-end is usually a little heavy on the sugar intake (no kidding, eh?), so I wanted to load them up on healthy. This morning I put out a pretty healthy breakfast, but my YS came in and said, "Please get me the sugar to put on it." "No, honey. We don't sugar our eggs." "Well, I just tasted them, and they'd be much better with sugar." Poor kid got my genes through and through.

Redneck Mom's Guide to Halloween:
1. It's once a year, let them play it to the hilt.
2. Remind them not to scare the littlies.
3. Let them eat all the candy they want tonight on Halloween. Trust me, they won't want any more. That prevents the dragging on and on of halloween candy for weeks. Get it out of your house asap.
4. Begin searching for costumes early this morning. If your kids are like mine, they've been marching around in their costumes for weeks, so it may take a little hunting and gathering.
5. Be safe! Get the kids reflectors, glow sticks or something that makes them visible.
6. Have fun, and get into the spirit with them. Our tone, as parents, sets the mood. We make the difference in a ho-hum outing or an all out blast.
7. Remind them to use their manners and say "Thank You." Tell them they'll get better candy that way.
8. Come to the Koppelman house and get a toothbrush tonight!

Happy Halloween to all. It's funny that many consider this a pagan holiday because I think of it as a big ministry to love up the hundreds of kids who come to my porch. There's nothing evil about that. Have a great day.


Liz said...

Sorry- nothing super profound today. I think people just dress up like what they are feeling at the moment, or what they think will be funny, or most unique . . .

Donna Jones Koppelman said...

Thanks, Liz. I should have known I was reading too much into it. haa

Dorothy said...

Thought ya'lls Civil War wounded Confederate and his nurse were great.

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