Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Not sure what got into me, but I blurted this out at the beginning of the week:
“We’re going to start a new family tradition where you have to think of as many things you’re thankful for as you are years old”
The twins are proud of being “eight and a half” so I told them they actually had to think of an extra half thing. Here are their lists (printed without permission):
- famaliy(esepacly arron and lilya)
Aaron isn’t getting dessert until he comes up with another half thing he’s thankful for!
I held up my end of the bargain and thought of 31 things:
- My health
- My family’s health
- A roof over our heads
- Having food on our table
- Being free to be Jewish
- Having meaningful work
- Being able to ride my bike
- Friends who stop by unexpectedly
- Supportive parents
- Isaac, for his compassion
- Aaron, for his tenacity
- Lillia, for her love of discovering new things
- Local farms
- Freedom of speech
- Effie, for giving her life to save the rest of the flock
- Diz, for being my pet for 20+ years
- Scourge (our cat)
- Good music and books
- Candles, instead of lights, when the sun goes down
- Innovators, for new inventions to make our lives better
- The Science Center, for teaching us new things
- The changing seasons
- Biathlon, cyclocross and other friendly competition
- The state of Israel
- Technology that enables friends and family from afar to keep in touch
- A good book
What are you thankful for?
Americans plan to spend an estimated $6.9 billion this year on Halloween decorations, costumes, and candy. To put that into perspective, the Titanic was built for about the same price (in 1910 dollars).
DIY candy is out of my league, but here’s a cute DIY decorations craft project: egg carton bats.
Just take an egg carton, cut it into 3-egg sections, and trim it into the approximate shape of a bat. Paint it black, then add eyes with white paint or stickers. Spooky!
DIY costumes are left as an exercise for the reader…
As Halloween rolls around again, I’m reminded of the poisoned candy urban legend
There has been exactly one documented case of a child being directly poisoned by Halloween candy, Carroll said. In 1974, an 8-year-old died after sucking on a Pixy Stix laced with cyanide. But the poisoner was not some mysterious Grim Reaper posing as a harmless neighbor. Nope, it was good ol’ Dad.
Even knowing it was a myth, it still gave me pause when a friend and neighbor gave my children apples one year for Trick-or-Treating. How dare they endanger my child’s health with their fresh produce!
The other threat to children that misguides parents is child kidnapping, or “stranger danger.” We spend our energy worrying about our children playing outside alone and getting abducted, but if your child is actually kidnapped, there’s an over 90% chance that the abductor is a friend or family member.
The list goes on and on. Don’t even get me started on driving vs flying.
Fear works in interesting ways on our minds. I believe there’s a limit to how many different things we can be afraid of at once, while still functioning as human beings. So it’s important to choose your fears carefully! Not fearing anything is a recipe for being unprepared for the bumps in life, but fearing everything is paralyzing, so there’s a balance.
The conspiracy theorist in me wants to say that the media and marketers try to influence our fears, which is probably part of the story. The bottom line is that you can always turn off the TV and get the facts with a quick google search, so there’s no excuse for misplaced fears these days.