Anytime that you’re in the military and you get a chance to be home for the holidays, it is great. I’ve missed more than my share of birthdays and valentine’s days (not to mention the birth of my daughter), and I always appreciate it when I’m home to enjoy time with the family.
With that being said, I think that Halloween is my favorite. I think it’s because it is the one holiday that is all about the kids. Sure the kids get presents on Christmas and they have a ton of fun, but adults get presents too. Now, do adults go trick-or-treating? Absolutely. Most of the time, however, I would have to believe that they do it because they are still kids at heart or because they are trying to rekindle some of the fun that they had when they were little. In my humble opinion, Halloween is all about the kids. They get to dress up however the want and then go door-to-door to get candy. What’s better than that?
Therefore, anytime that I’m home for Halloween, I try to enjoy it as much as possible and make sure that the kids do as well. My incredible wife certainly helps because she is able to make the most amazing costumes out of anything. My daughter’s favorite movie is Tangled, so my wife made her a Repunzel outfit. The dress is completely made from scratch and perfect. For the hair, she simply took yellow yarn and wove and incredibly intricate arrangement with flowers and butterflies in it (think towards the end of the movie where Repunzel lets the 3 girls braid her hair). My daughter is beautiful and her face lights up every time she gets to wear it.
My son was trickier. He’s not really old enough to tell us what his favorite things are, so we had to come up with some ideas on our own. The only show on TV right now that will keep him sitting down for more than 5 minutes is Phineas and Ferb (I love this show as well). Therefore, we decided to make him a Perry the Platypus costume. My wife once again outdid herself and made a full body suit out of green fabric with orange feet attached. The tail was made out of cardboard and orange fabric and even the bill was handmade. Then the finishing touch was a perfect Perry the Platypus secret agent hat. He looks awesome and he absolutely loves it.
I can’t wait to go trick-or-treating with my kids tonight. I know they’re going to have a great time, and I’m pretty sure that I will as well. I also feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy this holiday with them. As I said, I have missed quite a few in the past, and I will miss many more in the future. It’s definitely a part of what we sign up for, but it hurts just the same. Therefore, as you’re walking around this evening with your own ghouls and witches, please take the time to spare a thought for all the soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen that don’t have that opportunity this year. They would greatly appreciate it, and I’m sure their families would as well. Thank you.