As I stroll through all the Halloween aisles in various stores picking up decorations, drooling over which candy I should buy to satisfy my chocolate craving, amused at all the so called scary things and balk at the price of a costume and think “I could SO make that cheaper” – I am reminded of all the “costumes” and “characters” that we as moms play. Not just on Halloween, but the other 300+ days of the year.
The Nurse/Doctor: minus the short scandalous outfit, we fix owies, dispense medicine and care for the sick.
The Trailer Trash Woman: spring time rolls around and you start having windows open…but forget they are open…and find yourself yelling “Get off your sister and play nice!” and the whole neighborhood can hear you and wonder what on earth is going on at THAT house.
The Witch: “pick up your toys” …”no more TV”… “I said NO!”…”I am not so-in-so’s mom”….”If she told you to jump off a bridge, would you?”
Dorothy from Oz: There really is no place like home…
Go-Go Dancer: The one night a month you get to escape from the children and go out with your girlfriends and for adult conversation and to compare notes about being…. a mom.
Scarecrow: Some days after making lunches, fixing hair, checking homework, breaking up fights, driving kids all over to various places, making dinner, bedtime routines etc….your head feels it is filled with straw….SPENT!
Scary Monster/Zombie: It’s tough trying to scare those pesky hiccups away!
Pregnant Nun: Do as I say, not as I do…
Food Items (hotdog, McD, etc): Coming up with dinner ideas that dont seem boring or lazy!
Santa, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny: Keeping them believing as long as we can.
And let us not forget all those “adult” costumes…the Bride, French Maid, Dirty Nurse, Trampy Little Bo Peep etc….That is right after a day of all the above “costumes” we wear, we are still someone’s spouse…the better half….the adoring wife….who is also the tired mom of two (or three or four or five) that is exhausted once the kids go to bed. Sometimes we can “rally” and sometimes we really just want to be Sleeping Beauty with Prince Charming, the man who supports all the other costumes she wears throughout the day. Because without him, we couldn’t pull off all the other characters we must play 🙂