Handing out candy on Halloween really freaked me out in a way. I didn’t realize it was no longer cool to say “trick or treat” or “thank you”. I finally took the no peanut sign down from my door because some kids were really rude about it. The boys were the worst, so many of them dressed SO scary. I was really disappointed by it all. I really don’t want my boys to turn out like that. I want them to be confident enough in themselves that they don’t need to be rude in order to feel “cool”.
How come parents let their little ones dress so scary? I had the freakiest masks at my door, some with glowing red eyes. There was a little one dressed as Death and one dressed as the Texas chainsaw massacre guy. There were devils and demons and various other scary things. It just seems awful to me. These are children people!! Children shouldn’t even know about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That’s such a gross thing for me to think about. There’s nothing wrong with a child being innocent for goodness sakes!! The whole phase of being a child seems to get younger all of the time.
Perhaps next year if the kids are rude or don’t say Trick or Treat I just wont give them candy. I found myself yelling “thank you” out to the kids who didn’t say anything.
In one instance there were two scary older boys and a little boy. The little one said all the right things and said “goodbye” and “happy Halloween”. Is there like an age cut off where we stop trying with them? Or is it that there’s an age where they just stop caring themselves.
I dunnooo, just my observations. Just seems odd to me.
I’ve decided to carry on with this NAET treatments. The lady replied to my questioning email very thoroughly. I really believe western medicine isn’t the end all and be all. Yes it saves lives but it does also treat symptoms and not the problem as a whole. I like the idea of being treated for reason for the issue. I have IBS so the doctor said to take a laxative, no actually, eat whole grains and some yogurt, deal with stress a little better and it’s not an issue anymore. Doctors told me there was nothing I could do for my sciatica during pregnancy and I suffered, actually there’s something you can do and the chiropractor made it go away. My sister is allergic to like…planet earth and she also has some painful arthritis. Here have some painkillers and an antihistamine…actually no, she’s allergic to gluten, take it away and she feels 80% better. She eats gluten or sugar and whamo, she’s itchy. There’s a different approach to things than just western medicine can give you and it’s ok too, it’s just not what we’re used to.
So we’ll soldier on with this whole thing and see if it works out. There’s always good and bad information out there about each medical thing. Some people think that there are easy cures for cancer but the pharmaceutical companies hide it because it’s cheap and they wont make any money, some people think those people are quacks. The whole medical world seems rather relative to me. A study about heart burn will be done by someone employed by Tums, it can be totally biased.
Anyway, there, I ranted. I guess it’s not that bad seeing NO ONE READS ON FRIDAYS. Ha ha ha. No photos today…I didn’t take any this week.
I read every day Leah….
awe, thanks Dana 😉
Me too 🙂 Parents! I think I will make up a pamphlet about the negative affects of TV violence on children/women/society, and when a freddy or micheal or murderer person comes to my door i’ll slip a pamphlet in their bag…OH LORDY, I AM GETTING ALL TINGLY WITH ANTICIPATION ABOUT DOING THAT NEXT YEAR! Oh my, I could slip in “down with the clown” anti mcdonalds bumper stickers as well…oh heavens the possibilties are endless.
Um Jill rules. maybe instead of candy you should hand out dental floss and crayons. or skip the kids altogether and hand out parenting books and gym memberships to the parents. I think I’d pay to see the look on some parents as their 7 year old daughter dressed up as “smutty spears” gets handed a parenting book and a childhood obesity tract. not that I would want to skip the oh so tasty halloween candy. haha.
I could make “I read on Fridays” stickers if you want…:)
Here I am and it’s still Friday(7:15pm in Man.). I don’t get it either …all those crazy costumes. Pamphlets to parents or parenting books sounds like a necessary thing…and maybe a party like our neighbour gives is a good idea.
Yay, readers, comments, people agreeing AND it’s Friday…what a wonderful surprise.
I like all of the idea’s.
DOWN WITH THE CLOWN (except when I’m craving the breakfast…..)
i read. i am actually subscribed to your blog through my google reader. you’re special, see.
Oooo a subscriber. Want my autograph?? ha ha
I read, too. Jill – send me your pamphlet so I can distrute!!!! Actually, our church hosted the most fabulous fun fair, I don’t think we’ll ever be home for Halloween again.
I bet i keep up with your blog, more than you keep up with mine 😛
perhaps 🙂 ha ha ha
Hey I know you’ve really been struggling with your kiddo’s allergies. I ran across this letter from on PeanutAllergy.com and I thought it was interesting. It’s from a Mom who was AGAINST a peanut ban and then learned about the severity of the allergy and changed her stance. It’s a letter she sent to all parents once her school’s ban was in place. Some good arguements.
“Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing this letter to you because your school has decided to implement a ban on peanuts, tree nuts, and/or other foods that have been associated with life-threatening allergies, and I know the initial reaction you may have regarding such a ban.
I am the mother of a little girl who started school this year. About two weeks before school started I read in a local newspaper that the school she will be attending has decided to put such a ban into effect.
My first reaction was one of shock, but it quickly turned into complete ANGER! I couldn’t believe that the school would actually do something that drastic because ONE child had an allergy. Since when did the misfortunes of one dictate the rule for the majority? I rallied support together, I wrote to the newspapers, I called television stations, and I put up posters expressing my outrage and encouraging parents who felt the same way to attend the next school board meeting and “let our voices be heard”. I even drafted up petitions to have the members of the school board removed so that a new school board could be elected, one that looked out for the needs of every child instead of just one. After all, nobody was going to tell me that I couldn’t send my picky eater to school with a peanut butter sandwich! Then I went online to get some ammunition.
What I got however, was something completely different. I got an education. I stumbled across a site for people with life-threatening allergies and the parents of children with life-threatening allergies. The first thing I found out was that, although rare, it is a lot more common than I had realized, but being angry I posted my question, Do they really think that a ban is necessary?. I used all my arguments. If a child is allergic to bees, do you keep all the kids in at recess? If a child is in a wheel chair, do you build a ramp or tear out the stairs? I mean after all, there are other allergies out there, and there is no way to guarantee that the school will be completely free from these foods, so where do you draw the line?
At first I wasn’t open at all to hear their reply, I was just venting and looking for people who supported my argument, but then I really started reading what they had to say, and it was then that I started learning. You see… I put my daughter on the bus for the first time in her life. I was afraid she wouldn’t find her classroom. I was afraid she would forget to raise her hand before she spoke. I was afraid she would get on the wrong bus coming home, but what I wasn’t afraid of was that I would get a call from the school saying that my daughter wouldn’t be coming home; she is being rushed to the hospital by ambulance because of a common, everyday peanut butter sandwich. It was then that I realized what these parents are going though. Some don’t have the luxury of worrying about little things.
These parents aren’t trying to take anything away from our kids; they are trying to keep their kids safe. I looked back at my initial reaction so I could figure out what had made me so mad, and when I was completely honest with myself, I found the answer. I was mad because I was going to be inconvenienced. I was willing to put a child’s life in danger so my daughter could eat a sandwich, and what did that say about me? I mean, if I saw a dog attacking any child wouldn’t I do whatever I could to protect that child? And if that is the case, why am I so opposed to eliminating peanut butter from 5 meals out of the 21 she will have in the course of a week?
The fact of the matter is you don’t keep all the kids in at recess, but you don’t put a child with a bee sting allergy in a lunchroom full of bees either.
The fact is EVERY child is entitled to a “free and appropriate public education in a least restrictive environment”, translated that means the school has a legal responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for ALL children, and where do you draw the line? You draw the line when the unique needs of the community served by the school have been met.
It’s not easy to put your child in the hands of strangers when you know that many of them may have just eaten, or are bringing to lunch, the same thing that is poison to your child, and many of these parents would home school if they could, but just like you and I, sometimes that is not an option.
The parents of children with life-threatening allergies don’t expect us all to learn this over night, and they don’t expect us to shop for our children as if they had this allergy, and while they know that the school will never be completely free from these foods, one less sandwich, or one less snack containing these foods being brought into the schools, will be one less risk to their child’s life.
I am not saying that it hasn’t been a struggle at times, but you have to ask yourselves… Is convenience really more important than life? In my book, that answer is no, so any small inconvenience I have is worth it.
Lisa Turner” – http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/003085.html
I also belong to a forum for stamping and crafting and their is a support group for Mom’s of kids peanut allergies. Not sure if you’d be interested but here’s the link- http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=249110