Today is Halloween! Whoo Hoo! Although the history of this day may be of Pagan origin, I cannot help but celebrate what it has become, at least here in Midwest America, and specifically for me and my family: a special day to celebrate and to experience love.
I just think it is super cool that our young ones get to “try out” another identity for an evening! Imaginations ignite! The fun becomes contagious as children experience the enthusiastic responses and thrilled reactions from others they meet face-to-face on the streets, sidewalks and on the front porches of their communities!
What a fantastic experience of generosity as folks open up their front doors to our young ones to offer them a sweet gift only earned by their optimistic knocks at the doors… with the traditional “Trick or treat!”, followed by the “Thank you!” as insisted by the mothers standing off to the side.
This collaborative bounty of generous giving from neighbors, the affirming positive interactions, and collective togetherness….all acts of love that warms my soul! I cannot help but think God is smiling at us as we come together for joy, togetherness and community.
Are their those that use this Holiday for evil or to do harm? Yes, of that I’m sure… however the acts of generosity, kindness, and community FAR out way the darkness. I celebrate Halloween with a warm and open heart for all that it has come to represent: a chance to celebrate youth and to experience the joy of giving little gifts that add up to something substantial with memories to last a lifetime! This is why I see Halloween not as a holiday of darkness… but a Holiday of love.
❤️Ann ‘Not Just A Blonde’