by Denise Daub
When was the last time you dressed up for Halloween? When was the last time you had some fun and did something silly? Do you take the time and stop and enjoy these moments with your children or do you rush around taking them trick-or-treating to get it over with? Do you spend your time thinking about and stressing about everything you have to do? Are you checking your email and making sure you “stay connected” and don’t miss anything? Guess what, you are missing it.. you are missing everything.
The other day while surfing the never ending array of channels and finding, as usual, nothing interesting to watch, I came across a movie which brought back happy memories, Hocus Pocus. I remembered how much my daughter loved this movie. Like most kids she would watch it over and over again for the month of October, it was her Halloween movie. My husband and I would sit and watch it with her over and over again. I remembered how much fun we had dressing up, going to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. This is before cell phones were so popular, this was before my hectic busy life that don’t allow silliness or fun anymore. My daughter is now 21 and that movie is still one of her favorites.
I suddenly found myself shutting the laptop, putting my phone away and snuggling on the couch to watch this movie that I knew by heart. My husband joined me and we reminisced about our daughter and Halloweens gone by.
When you take your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) out this Halloween, be present and leave the phone home .. the work and email will still be there when you get back, it isn’t going anywhere but your children are…
Make this Halloween a Mentally Healthy and Happy one!