gratitude is a miraculous, wonderful thing. it really does turn what we have into enough. sometimes – often, even – it reminds us that what we have is even more than we need. although it’s kind of a “thing” for people to list something they are grateful for each day in november, this isn’t really that. it’s sort of my mash-up of a daily writing exercise i see people do every day in october paired with practicing gratitude. it won’t be the same every day. sometimes it will be a short, quick post, and other times it will be a reflection or recipe. but most importantly, every day there will be gratitude.
today, i am grateful for halloween 2014.
for as long as i can remember, i have had an aversion to dressing up. i find this rather strange since i am a pretty creative person, but it’s just not my jam. i didn’t even like it when i was little. i would guess that the last time i dressed up for halloween was maybe 4th grade? i remember wanting to like dressing up & thinking it really wasn’t so bad…but when i see that picture of me dressed as a witch, i can see the discomfort on my face.
the beauty of halloween, however, is that you don’t have to dress up to enjoy the day. to me, the very best part of halloween is all the little kids in their adorable little costumes in their glory. and the creativity of those costumes?! it’s over the top fun to watch.
**speaking of over the top fun to watch – check this little minion out. it’s all of 21 seconds long, & i will be shocked if it doesn’t make you laugh out loud.**
this year, we were invited to a halloween party that was, considering my aversion, right up my alley: costumes optional. hooray! dustin knew exactly what he wanted to be, and he didn’t mind at all if i didn’t dress up. although at first i had admitted that i might be ok with dressing up, as our crazy month of october sped along, costume research & making didn’t rise to the top.
to our dismay, the day of the party, we found ourselves exhausted. we came home from work, power-napped like champs, and somehow when i woke up, i had a completely uncharacteristic idea for a costume. maybe it was delirium? at any rate, it required minimal fuss, kept me in normal clothes, and seemed at first blush to be something i might be able to pull off. a quick youtube video (i am the least educated person on how to do one’s hair) and 30 minutes later, we were off to the party – both in costume! (although i may have been quietly repeating rosie the riveter’s “we can do this!” all the way to the party…”)
halloween 2014 will go down as the halloween that changed everything – in terms of me dressing up for halloween, that is. not only was i finally comfortable dressed up (which seemed like an impossible feat), the costumes at the party were SO GOOD! cousin eddie from national lampoon’s christmas vacation…mary poppins & bert…american gladiators…the undeniably awesome banana & pea pod suits…too many to list, but just seriously SO GOOD*! we pretty much spent the rest of last weekend dreaming up possibilities for next year’s costumes. go figure! :o)
*does anyone else hear jimmy fallon & justin timberlake now whenever they hear/say, “so good!”??