Trick and TreatSeptember 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Giggles | 20 Comments
Tags: Boys, Children, Fall, Fun, Halloween, Kids, Motherhood, Play, Relationships
“Punnnkinnnnn!” “Orange punnnkinnnnn!”
Giggles eased up to me at the kitchen table and grinned. He was holding one of the wooden jack-o-lanterns I had put out the night before as I decked our halls for my favorite season — fall.
“Punnnkinnnnn!” He practically screeched the word, pure and simple happiness coating each syllable like the shellac on a candy corn.
I looked up from the laptop and smiled absentmindedly at him. Then I saw his shining face and his fingers, practically quivering as they gripped the edges of the wooden pumpkin. His glee pulled me from the snare of the glowing screen and into his world, into that moment, into the present.
I felt like a little kid again. So I grinned. And I screeched right back.
“Pummmpkinnnnn!” “Orange pummmpkinnnnn!”
His eyes got big. He looked up at me, shocked. He tilted his head and squeezed one eye shut. Mommy’s using her loud voice? I could see him thinking. But she never uses her loud voice … Is she upset??
He thought about it for a minute. And then he smiled like I’ve never seen, beaming even brighter than the jack-o-lantern he was clutching. The kid was giddy, from the tips of his ears to the tops of his toes.
He laughed and jumped and twirled and screamed. “Punnnkinnnnn!”
And I yelled right back. Over and over, we echoed each other, issuing our loud invitation to all of Halloween’s friendly sprites and spooks: The haunting season is here. Come on in!
But it was also an invitation to me. An invitation to let down my mom-ponytail and play. Really play. To yell, stomp, giggle, and throw caution and quiet to the wind. It was a chance to trick my more dignified self into having a little fun. And to treat my son to a side of his mommy he rarely sees.
It was the mothering yin and yang I so often seek and so rarely find, a trick and a treat, perfect and orange-y tinted …
What (or who) screams fall at your house? What makes your child light up like a jack-o-lantern? Have you ever unleashed your inner child?