Dear Erin,

For the first time in 9 years, I am home on Halloween, waiting to hand out candy to trick or treaters. As I sort through the piles of mail, and clean up the kitchen, I can’t help but reminisce about Halloweens gone by.

After the disappointment of our first Halloween, when not one person came to our front door, you welcomed me into your home, starting a new holiday tradition. I came to look forward to Halloween, not just to see all the kids in their oh-so-adorable costumes, but because it gave me a chance to take Sophie out for a little bit of trick or treating before coming to hang out with you, sipping my wine as you handed out candy.

Just one more thing lost when you moved to Rochester.

I’ll admit, after you left, I tried to hang out with other neighbors, but the magic couldn’t be recaptured. So this year, rather than imposing on an unsuspecting neighbor, I decided to stay home.

And here is what I’ve discovered – while I’m enjoying the quiet time, Halloween is kind of boring.

We have gotten a few trick or treaters, but certainly not many. Definitely not enough to eat the two pounds of candy I bought on my way home tonight. Just as I thought about calling you on “our” holiday, you got my psychic blast and called me first.

Just a reminder that while there are miles between us, some traditions cannot be broken. They just change.

So Happy Halloween my friend. Can’t wait to see you in 9 days!

– Kristin

Our first Halloween

 

Our Power Rangers

 

3 Responses to Missing You on Halloween

  1. Erin says:

    Dear Kristin,

    I would write a separate post, but you know how I hate having to resize the photos to fit the main page of the website and that would simply take too long (130×240…whatever)!

    I do always think of you on Halloween. You’re right, it kind of was “our” holiday. The guys would head out with the kids and we would hang in..chatting, laughing, drinking wine.

    This year it’s just me, the dog and the wine. I think the doorbell has rung all of seven times. I have gotten smarter after two years in this neighborhood. We are on a dead-end street with no streets running off it, so it’s not a good trick-or-treating location. I buy a couple of bags of candy and usually turn out the lights by 8:30pm. Even my kids head to their cousins’ neighborhood where there are many more houses and full-sized candy bars. (To think, we almost bought a house there).

    I spent the night trolling Facebook: looking at photos of my friends’ kids. Thank you for posting those old ones of ours. I can’t believe how big they have gotten and how long we have been documenting their lives! It’s kind of crazy when you think about it.

    Well, the door just opened and my alien and football player have arrived. Time to raid the sacks for any nut-filled candy (I love that B cannot have Reeses or peanut M & Ms).

    Looking forward to seeing you in Savannah! It’s going to be a blast!

    Happy Halloween my friend.

  2. Kim says:

    I feel for you guys. I miss my others too

  3. Kristin says:

    Love this….. Will miss you both in Savannah!