Thursday, November 1, 2012
Our Halloween: Changelings
Our teens planned for their Samhain, or Halloween far in advance, as they do every year. I complain a bit if the discussion begins in June, simply not feeling like thinking about late autumn before summer has arrived. When Olivia heard that a band she liked would be performing a benefit concert for the Maine's equal marriage campaign, she got her tickets early. Adam, on the other hand, decided he wanted to trick-or-treat with his friend Noah, and we're not about to tell our kids they can't dress up in costume and take part in Halloween festivities just because they've reached a certain age. So about a month ago, he decided to he'd dress up as every one's favorite secret agent, 007.
So I stayed home so I could do my usual Samhain ritual of making the house cozy and welcoming. I hosted the boys and met our few trick-or-treaters at the door and Alex went with Olivia (who unfortunately wasn't feeling very well) to the the fun. concert.
Our Halloweens are changing, as our children grow, as it should be. I suspect some year no one will want to trick-or-treat or dress in costume. There will be more concerts, more dates, more parties, other events, other interests that will mark theirs, (as well as mine and Alex's) Halloweens.
As long as they are willing to stand under our apple tree or pose in character for me while I snap photos, I am grateful. Our teens are growing so fast, changing, evolving into young adults. Everyday they have important things to say, observations to make and good to contribute. Samhain, Halloween, has always marked transformation, and my awareness of this becomes more acute as my children grow. They are changelings, indeed.