Sometimes as I’m moving around in my day, an image gets stuck in my head that I can’t shake. Sometimes it conjures up a memory, a feeling, or provides an impulse to do something. Often, though, I just see something that I want to capture in my mind for no particular reason-it just speaks to me. I’d like to offer these images up for ‘thought contributions’-as a way to generate a community of ideas together.
Today’s Friday Photo is in honor of when the fun began just over 12 years ago. I think many parents dream of the time when their babies can participate in all the rituals of childhood – first steps, first words, birthday parties, Easter egg hunts, Christmas morning, and dressing up for Halloween. For me, my September baby was easily disguised in a hot chili pepper costume, while his adoring sister became the least scary witch I’ve ever seen. I’ve always thought it was interesting to see what people choose for their own Halloween costumes, let alone how they dress up their houses, pets, and children! Did my early intervention of my son’s costume predetermine his adoration of habanero salsa?
All these years later, Halloween has changed in our house. We still have the decorations, the pumpkin carving (much more elaborate than ever, thanks to the children’s talents), and they will both still go trick or treating. What’s changed, however, is that I have little to no say over their costumes. Both kids have strong ideas of what they will or won’t wear, and my advice is not given much weight. But when I really think about it, isn’t that what it’s all about? Trying on new personas, new styles, new masks, until we find the one that fits us best? And if we’re really going to be authentic, it needs to come from within. No one should tell us who we’re going to be. Not even our parents.
What does your costume say about you this year? Are you being your authentic you?