October is my favorite month of the year. The air is cooling. My favorite fruit is ripe, satsumas. And Halloween is coming soon.
This week I had a discussion about Halloween with my Voxer group. For me Halloween evokes memories of my super-mom-syndrome days when I decorated, made costumes, and invited friends over for hot dogs and chili. I remember when my girls and I dressed as the Wizard of Oz characters.
Lately, though, Halloween is a happy memory. But one of my schools is going all out. I am on the first grade hall, and my door was the only one not decorated. So I turned to Pinterest. I’ve never used Pinterest in this way before. I emailed myself a picture and with the help of one of my students, we made the door look like a one-eyed purple monster.
Andrew made a plan to read aloud to his sister’s first grade class. He selected the book Louise Loves Art. We had such fun reading the book, singing along with Emily Arrow, and drawing Kelly Light’s cat “Chuck.” We tweeted to Kelly Light.
Emily made me my own pair of Louise glasses.
Friday was Madison’s ninth birthday. We celebrated with chocolate-chocolatey cupcakes. They decorate them with candy pieces. Look at those smiles!
By Friday evening, I was exhausted. I headed out to pickup takeout and the moon was rising in the sunset. I had to stop and notice. There is always time to stop and notice.