This is a recent photo of the Little Willow.
The "bigger" kids dressed her up one day.
For no reason.
And yesterday was Halloween.
Which, at the Keigley house, did not imply anything out of the ordinary this year.
Kevin and Riley ran a race. The rest of the kids and I had a less-than-financially successful yard sale. We relaxed in the afternoon, went to the store, had tacos for dinner and watched a movie with friends. You know - the regular.
But this Halloween made me think of last Halloween.
And that made me laugh.
And since yesterday was so . . . . normal, I thought I might choose to entertain today with last year's Halloween.
And maybe you will laugh too.
(Cue the soft lights, appropriate music and squiggly dream sequence waves across the screen.)
Disclaimer: This story may make the Keigleys sound as if they deprive their children of holiday joy. In fact, we do not. (Or maybe we do - it depends on your perspective.)
It was Halloween day.
In our house, that doesn't mean an awful lot. Or, well, anything really. For the whole of our children's lives we lived on the farm in Virginia where no honest soul dared traverse the long dark drive through the woods to get a measly candy bar from a stranger.
Hence, no Halloween for Keigley kids.
I bought Riley a bag of her candy of choice. The other kids were very young. They didn't know. They didn't care. It seemed to work out just fine.
So along comes our friend Jane on Halloween afternoon. She asks if the kids are dressed up.
Well, they aren't currently naked - so....yes.
She asks if we are going anywhere. We aren't. And then she tells us of a nearby college that decorates their dorms and passes out candy.
Our Friday night held no plans. At all. And I like candy too. Especially bite sized amounts of candy.
"Hey kids, you should go find some fun costumes and wear them," I told them.
They didn't even question me. They just ran to the dress up trunk and found some dandies.
They came back, dressed as tiny ninja, ninja boy, ninja turtle and, in Mosely's own words, "Ummm ....[cute head tilt and crooked grin]....I don't know."
I told them that we were going to go to a college dressed up to say "trick or treat".
They happily agreed.
"Do you know what will happen when you say that?"
Blank stares all around.
"You'll get candy!"
Then applause, glee, rapture, such joy as three ninjas and an I Don't Know could display.
We went to the college, we got our free candy.
Bergen approached every door and first said "thank you" and then as he exited he followed it up with "shrick or shreat"!
As we got in the car Berg announced, "I like Halloween. Let's do it tomorrow!"