|Some of the Hooper boys and my boys|
Dal got a cool one with warts all over it. Sam has a very orange face and long nose.
Evan was a smooth criminal- like from the Michael Jackson song. He wanted that white hat, and this last summer Aunt Steph got it for him for his birthday. We already had the leather jacket as a hand-me-down too!
As I watched the Costume parade at the elementary school, I was struck at the difference between this year and years past. There were no fancy costumes and very few store bought. Nearly all were homemade and cobbled together from odds and ends. Some had seen a lot of wear. It was obvious that everyone else was ‘making do’ with what they had, just like we were.
Even the office staff at the school forego-ed their usual elaborate decorating theme. This year they cleared out the office of every single thing, until it was completely bare and they all wore plain white t-shirts which said, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. It looked like a lot of work. And while the kids were less than impressed, I don’t think the irony of it all was lost on the adults.
It’s been a tough year… for everyone. Still, I was surprised that it showed. Groceries, utilities and gasoline are sky high. Jobs are scarce and unstable. Every family I know is living so tight they squeak. Most of us have never been so worried about being able to take care of our families. I don’t think that this is unique to __________, New Mexico. I think the whole country is nervous and fearful of the future, whether that is next week, next month or next year. I wonder what next Halloween will be like. I wonder if we, as a people, will be feeling more hopeful and less worried or if anxieties will still be running high. I wonder what things will be like for our family. I wonder what kind of costumes my kids will dream up next, and be glad, that no matter what, they continue to dream.