Trick-Or-Treat Halloween 2009 with Chidren at La CoffeeMelodie Suite
Trick-Or-Treat Halloween 2009 with Chidren at La CoffeeMelodie Suite.
It is more than a bag filled with candies and the fun of knocking on neighbors' doors.
As a family, we make it an opportunity to bond with our children.
Halloween with Children
The thing that most fascinates our children about living in America is the change of the seasons. They look forward to that first snowflake and dream about snow days, when they and their neighboring friends can go to our backyard all wrapped up in winter gear so they can sled and slide down onto an empty street covered with snow. They look forward to the first signs of budding on the trees. Come summer, they can put on sandals and play outside in shorts while licking the very fast melting ice-cream cones. Then the summer ends, and the only thing that compensates for going back to school is watching the trees change colors. They shed their leaves as the wind becomes blustery, and the kids start getting more excited as Halloween approaches.
Our eighteen year old is out of the house and at college, so this Halloween we only had three sets of costumes-masks- weapons to deal with. The kids had been sick for two weeks with the flu - yes, that horrible flu. We took them to their pediatrician again to make sure they were not contagious and would be well enough to go out. "But not in the rain," our doctor emphasized (put in your favorite Indian accent): "They must not trick-or-treat in the rain."
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We moved from Thailand to have a second chance at being a family. After many years there it crushed me that Ralph and I were busy working, and many more hours were lost being stuck in Bangkok's rush hour traffic which lasts practically all day and 1/2 the night. Our children spent more time growing up with our maids, eating the meals they made for them - not my own. We, like other Bangkokian parents, were trying our best to spend the rest of our waking moments making up the lost time with our kids. Some parents could do it, but not me. I didn't have the stamina. I felt that kind of life wasn't agreeable with us. This is why last week, when the kids presented me with the Halloween activity request, I immediately agreed to it.
At the end of the movie I was running around putting together a quick meal. After I asked Ralph to make sure he was on Justin and Kaitlyn to shower (oh yes, they are at the ages that we have to make sure that they shower), I got my dinner ready. Halloween meal was about "Bloody Meatballs" with simple linguini in garlic-spinach and olive oil. The recipe is up in http://www.chef-me-not.com I even let the kids get the "bloody stains" on their costumes, with the exception of Kaitlyn because she chose to be a southern belle - or, a south-east Asian belle, as she put it after gving it a lot of thought.
Have you had your "Halloween" with your family? Don't wait until next year. You can have a little bit each day with them. You can even call the occasion anything you want; or, not give it a name at all.
Happy Halloween - or not - just, Happy!!!!
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