We enjoyed our pumpkin day together, right beforeÂ my mom went into the hospital - or, "Da hosipal," as my youngest would say - and, though her sisters and brother had no desire to get this involved, my attempts at continuingÂ our tradition of celebratingÂ Fall...with the ritualistic tearing into pumpkin guts...did not go unappreciated by Mini-Me.
In fact,Â anythingÂ that isÂ declared gross, orÂ "totally bees-gusting,"Â as mandatory...well...the kid just about dives in!
Not so much.
"Ewwww...this is gross!"
Mini-Me just smiled, reached in and pulled out another handful of Jack:
I hate having my picture taken - and there aren'tÂ many ofÂ my kids, that include me - for a reason.
"Ugh...that's sooo gross!"
I gave the picture back to Mini-me and she stared at it for a few minutes before finally shrugging her shoulders.
"Nuh-uh...it's not gwoss...we didn't even give him a face, yet!"
"No...not the pumpkin...MOMMY!"
I reached for the picture.
"Look...see...I don'tÂ look good pictures, like you do...mommy's eyes always come out puffy andÂ black and...HOLY CROW...but, they look crooked in this one, see!?!"
Yesterday, dad and I brought mom home from the hospital and - after I put up a pot of soup, ran some errands and did some food shopping for them - I got home soon after suppertimeÂ andÂ was going over my plans for the rest of the week with my husband, when Mini-Me walked into the kitchen, frowing.
"Are you coming to da' How-oh-ween pawade?"
I kneeled down and gave Mini-Me a big hug.
"Yep, someone else is gonna watch Mama and Papa for me and I don't have to go back until after tomorrow - I wrote andÂ told teacher IÂ would be able to help, remember!?!"
She gave me one those impish smiles (see picture above) and hugged me back.
"YAY...I'm sooo gwad...'cause, I ah-weddy telled-did my fwends 'dat you were coming and told-did 'dem toÂ just wook for 'daÂ mommy wifÂ twoÂ bwak eyesÂ and a wee-wee cwooked nose...and told-did teacher NOT to take your pitch-her...'cause you ah-ways wook wee-wee gwoss!"
Phew....I'm so glad, to!
Good thing she didn't mention anything aboutÂ myÂ having crows feet and a wee-wee greasy faceÂ - or else, I'd have the whole kindergarten class pukin' - Happy Halloween, everyone!