I hope your day is going as well as mine. Being the crazy family we are, we couldn’t go to a party without dressing up so here is a picture of us. Just in case you were wondering…we are a family of vegetables. Our little man is a pea pod, I am a carrot, and that big hunk is the Jolly Green Giant.
I have such fun memories of Halloween growing up! My mom would always make our costumes so, in the spirit of TRADITION, I constructed this little pea pod! Of course there is candy but the thing I remember the most are these dinners may parents would have after they went trick or treating.
They would have a bunch of families over and the parents would be upstairs with a nice dinner and the kids would be downstairs eating pizza, you might recall my hatred of pizza when compared to a home cooked meal, hoping our parents wouldn’t come down to set a limit on the candy we ate that night. We had the best imaginations and I remember playing games that don’t even make any sense when I think back to them but I had the time of my life. Those were the best Halloweens and the truth is, they were so simple.
Saturday night we went to a Halloween party and it was such a blast. The kids had fun making crafts, doing potato sack races, having pie eating contests, but I think the best part of the night for all of them was…the toilet paper. I don’t know who it was or what their intentions were, but someone brought in a huge Costco pack of toilet paper to the party. I’m thinking they might have had mummy wrapping in mind, but that never ended up happening.
The kids got to it and started throwing it around the room. They would see how far they could launch the rolls. They would throw the rolls, full force, right at each other. Once the rolls were empty they started tearing it, throwing it in the air like leaves, throwing piles of it at each other, and even skating across the room on it. The kids had an absolute ball and it was so fun to watch. I loved watching one mom in particular get down with her kids and start throwing piles of toilet paper at them. Their whole family was laughing and having fun.
This whole scene reminded me so much that it is the small and simple things in life that make us the happiest. Who knew toilet paper could be so much fun?! I love the article by Dieter F. Uchtdorf called “Forget Me Not“. In it, he recalls a story which is most likely familiar to most of us, but relates to it an important principle, we may not have caught:
In the beloved children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the mysterious candy maker Willy Wonka hides a golden ticket in five of his candy bars and announces that whoever finds one of the tickets wins a tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Written on each golden ticket is this message: “Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket … ! Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you! … Mystic and marvelous surprises … will … delight, … astonish, and perplex you.”
In this classic children’s story, people all over the world desperately yearn to find a golden ticket. Some feel that their entire future happiness depends on whether or not a golden ticket falls into their hands. In their anxiousness, people begin to forget the simple joy they used to find in a candy bar. The candy bar itself becomes an utter disappointment if it does not contain a golden ticket.
So many people today are waiting for their own golden ticket—the ticket that they believe holds the key to the happiness they have always dreamed about. For some, the golden ticket may be a perfect marriage; for others, a magazine-cover home or perhaps freedom from stress or worry….
The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.
My challenge on this crisp Halloween day is to not forget to be happy and treasure the small things. Our kids are probably some of our best examples and I know we can learn a lot by watching them! So throw toilet paper with your kids, enjoy the candy bar, and be happy with every day now!