Halloween for us kicks of the sprint through the end of the year. Life always goes more quickly than I would like, but now it kicks into warp speed!
This year is no different. I find myself looking around at all the things that need to get done and I start calculating when I can do them and dig in. I am ashamed to say that there are times that I plow through just to get done. It isn't how I would like things to work, but sometimes, there are only so many hours in a day and I need to be doing in order to keep us up and running on all cylinders!
However, in spite of that, I find little reminders to slow down.
Munchkin has been sick this week, so instead of trick or treating for hours, we did less than 10 houses of people we knew and then went and had dinner with my brother, his girlfriend, my sister and her husband. It was a ton of fun. Dinner was good and the company was even better. I felt contented to be surrounded by my siblings and for the first time, the tears didn't creep in to steal my joy. Not even when Munchkin carved his first pumpkin! It was nice to sit and have dinner and have Munchkin rough house with his uncles and run around squealing at hide and seek on a sugar high.
As Munchkin was rough housing with "guys" it was nice to just sit still for a few minutes!
Because Munchkin has food allergies, I have to check his candy to create a "safe pile". As I sorted-and he generously was handing candy out to the grown ups around him, I found a leaf. I looked at it quizzically and as I was about to toss it out--Munchkin said---Mommy can we keep it? It was on the sidewalk and it was little and perfect so I rescued it from the rain.
And you know what-it was a perfectly beautiful maple leaf.
So I kept it for him, and for me as a little reminder to slow down these next few weeks and look at everything around us!
I am so grateful for my little boy and all of the reminders and lessons that he brings be every step of the way!