The girls and I are always looking for new things to discuss during our walks in the neighborhood. The holidays gave us lots of fodder, beginning with Halloween.
There were scores of pumpkins and some black kitty cats, which the girls loved to point out. One house a couple of streets over had some ghosts and witches hanging from a tree right by the sidewalk.
Although I hadn’t intended to teach them those words just yet, the girls were intrigued. I opted to call them all “ghosts” [fearing their mispronunciation of the word "witch"!], and we waved to them every time we passed. “Good morning, ghosts!” the girls would say excitedly.
And then one day, the ghosts, along with the black cats, were gone. “Ghosts?” the girls asked as we rounded the corner. “The ghosts went bye-bye, because Halloween is over,” I reassured them.
They accepted the explanation, but it still seems top of mind for them. “Ghosts, bye-bye…Halloween over,” the girls still say every time we walk by that house.
Many of the pumpkins stuck around until Thanksgiving. I’m not sure how the girls rationalized that against the pumpkins being gone. Maybe they were distracted by the appearance of a few turkey flags on our route.
The first of December of course brought a plethora of conversation topics…reindeer, snowmen, Santa Claus, oh my! The girls have never been so entertained!
Our walks – and car rides, for that matter – were filled with all sorts of holiday chatter all the way through New Year’s.
Earlier this week, I actually dreaded our first walk since our neighbors (well, almost all our neighbors…ahem…) took down their holiday decorations. We made our first turn, where the girls were expecting to see their first set of reindeer friends.
“Reindeer!!!” the girls demanded. As with our Christmas tree, and our Santa Claus collection, I had to explain that the reindeer are gone, because Christmas is over.
So now, what do the girls say every morning when they come downstairs to an empty den? Or when we pass formerly decorated houses? “Christmas tree, bye-bye…Halloween over,” of course!
Although without the necessary conjunction “because”, that is a true statement, the girls’ logic doesn’t quite hold…
…but give ‘em a break. I can see how holidays could be pretty confusing to a two-year old!