October 29, 2010

I tried to explain Halloween to the Chinese students who stayed with us a few weeks ago.

I started talking about costumes and pumpkins, and it made me so excited that I threw my arms up in the air and practically shouted – “It’s one of the best days of the year!”. David and Leo stared at me blankly. They looked a little worried, as if they were unsure about why their host was going berserk about this thing called “Halloween”. I tried again, this time slightly calmer. I got no reaction from them until I mentioned candy, to which they said yes, they had heard of Halloween.

This exchange was entertaining as minor miscommunications are, but it made me a little sad that candy had been the only thing that they understood when I was describing Halloween. Not scary stories, or finding the best costume, or the gruesome snacks that look like worms and eyeballs. And then there’s Trick-or-Treating itself – kids running around town with their buds once the sun’s gone down, working up the nerve to ask for candy at the creepy house with the skeleton on the porch. I feel like David and Leo missed this part, the best part of Halloween.

This weekend at Gould we’ll do some things to celebrate like dress up for classes on Saturday and have a dance. The kitchen always plans an awesome dinner with the appropriate amount of ghost-shaped cookies. I hope everyone, young and old, American and international has fun this Halloween.

More exciting news – coach Jeremy Nellis and wife Allie have a new member of their family, baby Eliza who was born on Tuesday night! Congratulations to Allie, Jeremy, and now big-brother Parker!

Have a great weekend, and if you’re in town stop by Crescent Park Elementary school for the annual ski sale tonight and Saturday.

Alice H


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