Joel always played such an important role in the kids’ Halloween activities. He was the official pumpkin carver. He always did such a great job in reproducing the kids’ pumpkin face designs that they requested on paper to the actual pumpkin. I, on the other hand, am not so talented. Though I would mark my first Halloween carving pumpkins as a true success since I not only did not cut off a finger, I didn’t even draw blood while carving three large pumpkins. I have learned one of my major weaknesses in pumpkin carving, though: teeth. Vincent requested two upper teeth on his pumpkin. One of the teeth I lopped off during the mouth carving process. The other upper tooth fell off as Vincent was cleaning out the inside of the jack-o-lantern. I had altered Vincent’s plans during the carving process when I added a tooth on the bottom — which has held up so far. Rachel was quick to demonstrate to me how her pumpkin’s upper tooth is loose. Thankfully, Daphne must have realized I was a novice and decided she didn’t want any teeth on her pumpkin.
Trick or treating on Halloween night was also Joel’s gig with the kids. Previous years, I stayed at home to hand out candy while Joel took the kids around the neighborhood. Obviously the kids still wanted to trick or treat this Halloween. The trick or treating hours for Noblesville were set from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We headed out the door shortly after 5:00 p.m. The brightness and warmth from the sun made the excursion enjoyable. The kids had a great time trick or treating and they got exhausted before it was even dark outside. Since I couldn’t be home to hand out candy and go trick or treating at the same time, I decided to simply place a large bowl of candy on the front porch for the visitors to our house. I have learned not to do that again. There are two groups of teenagers that will probably incur extra expenses at the dentist office on their next visits.
I guess, in a way, to help bear this first Halloween without Joel, I agreed to a distraction for the kids — to foster a pregnant cat. We picked up Lee Anne (name changed to Ella this evening by the kids) on the afternoon of October 31st. We will anxiously await her kittens’ birth, which is expected in the next week or two. Rachel has taken on the role of the main caregiver, so far. Perhaps the presence of Ella will assist in distracting us from the enormous emptiness that we feel every day since Joel has been gone……..