Friday, November 1, 2013

No, Really: I’m Going to Give Away OUR Candy While You Go Convince the Neighbors to Give You More.

These guys did not win the downtown costume contest:

 

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…though they clearly should have.  I mean, that hat.  And the cutest Curious George around.

 

The boys had a wonderful time Trick-or-Treating.  This was Jamie’s first experience, and you just never know how a two-year-old is going to react to such things.  He had his big brother with him, though, and cheerfully shouted, “Thank you!” each time candy was dropped in his bucket.  He was not afraid at all, and continued to tell me, loudly, “I got CANDY!” for the rest of the night.

 

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Charles actually visited all of our neighbors’ houses twice – once in the early evening, once after dinner with a new bunch of friends.

 

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What’s more magical than free candy?  Looking at your younger brother’s haul and deciding that some pieces of candy were not good for him and then re-appropriating them to your own.  It’s a time-honored tradition.

 

There’s a lot of love between those two, and a lot of nurturing on Charles’s part.  Besides leading him around for Trick-or-Treating last night, as I dropped them off at preschool this morning, Charles begged to have Jamie come to his classroom.  I watched from the director’s office as Charles and Jamie had breakfast side-by-side and then Charles helped Jamie clean up his dishes.  He then led Jamie to big-kid circle time.  Jamie happily followed Charles’s lead the whole time.  Good parenting or luck?  Probably luck, but I’ll take it.