Monday, October 30, 2006

Joining the ranks.

It looks like I join the ranks of parents who suck this Halloween.

My crime? I failed to get the girls there pumpkins so they could carve them into Jack O'Lanterns. I don't know what was going through my mind as I procrastinated all week in buying them. Or what I was thinking as I drove to the orchard to buy some this evening. Or the two grocery stores after we discovered the orchard was out of pumpkins. Of course, my waiting until the evening before Halloween to buy pumpkins had nothing to do with it. I should have known! It's like waiting until the night before Easter to get white eggs to color. All week, as I was bringing them for their costume fittings at grandma's house, I didn't think once about slipping out to get them a pumpkin.

If I wasn't going at this parenting thing alone, my husband would have made sure they were up to their elbows in pumpkin pulp and seeds. He would have been right there making elaborate designs to carve on the face of the pumpkins with them. He would have been roasting the seeds for a snack. He would have got the job done. But me, flying solo, failed to make this Halloween complete.

So now I have three little girls without Jack O'Lanterns.

Thankfully, they at least have pumpkins from other events this autumn. They have the small pumpkins they colored at the corn maze last week. And the big pumpkins they painted and put stickers and glitter on at the Halloween Party they went to with my in laws.


Andrew said...

Parents who suck don't take their kids to halloween parties or get them costumes or take them to their grandmother's place or to the corn maze or care enough to go out and search several places for pumpkins.

Your kids have a mother who cares a great deal and who totally doesn't suck this halloween.

So you're human and forgot one thing, big deal, your kids will soon forget that (if they haven't already). Compare them with all the kids in the world who have parents who care less than you do. I'd say your kids got a GREAT deal this year, and every year.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Andrew ("To Love, Honor and Dismay")

Kristen said...

Um. We didn't do jack-o-lanterns either. The best I did was pick up two teeny pumpkins and a pot of mums. Did I let the kids PAINT the pumpkins? Or do anything at all festive with them? No. They're sitting on a rock in our front yard. SIGH.

Mom101 said...

Oh wow, then I REALLY suck this halloween since her costume was the last pair of pajamas that could pass as costumes at Old Navy, 3 pm on Halloween. I'd say all things being equal, the pumpkins ain't so bad!