I asked the kids if we should only give thoughtful pinches to their main teachers for each holiday this year instead of giving to all of their teachers. My daughter almost cried - how would her P.E. teacher feel if he didn’t get a gift too? Good question. So recently at a birthday party, I casually asked the wife of the P.E. teacher how her hub would feel if he didn’t get a pinch. She laughed and said in a nice way that my family went a little overboard with our pinches for every single holiday. Yippeee! I got the hint and was ready to skip giving pinches to all of the speciality teachers. As I thought about the ease of giving only four gifts instead of fourteen, the guilt of missing a lesson on values quickly started to override the feeling of leisure. I have always stressed the importance of letting our talented and caring teachers know how much we appreciate them. How can we only think of the main teachers when the specialty teachers work just as hard? So here we are, back to square one and Halloween is creeping up fast! It’s the first opportunity (a.k.a. holiday) of the school year to give out thoughtful pinches. Fortunately for us, my cousin came into town for the weekend so her support gave us a big head start on getting them ready for next week.
What I love most about Halloween is passing out the candy to the trick or treaters. The hub usually takes the kids out while I stay home, with a glass full of wine, waiting to see the creative, cute, scary, costumed kiddos that come to our door saying, "Trick or Treat." This year however, I will be splitting my favorite part of Halloween with another favorite activity - watching the Vikings play Monday Night Football. I'm really hoping to say to those Bears, "Smell my feet!"