It simply amazes me how quickly children grow. It seems like just yesterday that my little Riley Grace was making her way into this world. However, that was over two years ago now. As I look back and reflect on that day, I realize that she never was much of a baby. Just hours after she was born she was holding up her head and looking around. That was a big glimpse into the personality that she would come to develop. She is curious, independent, mature, stubborn, and a very loving child. Those are all qualities that she exhibited at that very moment in time. Sometimes it is easy for me to forget that she is only two years old, and not older. She acts so “grownie” as my grandmother puts it, that it is so easy to treat her as if she carries the maturity of a four or five year old. For instance, notice the picture to the right; if that isn’t deep, serious thought, I don’t know what is. We visited a local pumpkin patch this past Saturday afternoon. I told her that she could pick one big pumpkin and one little pumpkin. She took this very seriously, and carefully considered each and every pumpkin out there. She touched them, tried to move them, everything she could to help in her decision. Of course by the end she had made her decision, and not once questioned that choice. The capability of the child leaves me in awe each and every day. They grow up in a blink of an eye, and their little brains soak up everything. I’m so use to her acting so grown up, that at times when she does experience one of those two year old melt-downs, I tend to get upset with her about her behavior. However, I quickly come to the realization that no matter how old she acts, she is still only two. (Thank the Lord!) I don’t believe that I could handle her growing up any faster than she already is. It makes me sad to think that in a mere two years she will be taking on the new experience of going to school. Over the last couple of years I have really learned how important it is for us to cherish the time we have with our children, no matter what their age may be. It is equally important that we strive each day to teach them all we can because we only get them for a few short years of their lives. I would hate to look back on her 18th birthday and wish that I had taught her more, or told her “I love you” just a little more. Every day is a gift, and we should take full advantage of it.
Here in good ‘ole Louisiana we have all begun our days, and ended them, singing that well-known kid’s tune, “rain-rain, go away…”. Day in and day out we have been forecasted for rain. Rain of all kinds too; fat rain, heavy rain, light rain, a little rain, and lots of rain. Obviously we try not to hold any prejudices against our rain here in this part of the country. However, I have to say that as much as I usually appreciate the rain showers, I’m pretty sick of all the rain at this point.
Being the wife of a football coach is a great thing, except for times like now when it all it does it rain. Just picture those friday night lights beaming down on two teams going full-speed on a mud field. No grass, no turf, just good ‘ole mud. To top it off the stands are packed with people hunkered down under umbrellas, which block your view of the game. You get cold, wet, and at the end of the game…muddy. Not the most pleasant experience if I do say so myself. However, I am a huge supporter and fan of my husband and those Tioga Indians he helps lead to victory, so all I have to say is “bring on the rain”. A poncho, good pair of rain boots, and an umberella will get me through one soggy football game after the other. Rain, shine, sleet, or snow you can find me in those stands each and every Friday night cheering on our team.
Today I have decided to voice my opinion on the “trendy” Halloween costumes available to the public at a very high price. In case you have failed to notice, the idea of Halloween has become increasingly distorted in today’s times. Maybe that sounds a little harsh, but let me begin by saying that I was born in 1987 and am a mere 22 years old. Obviously I haven’t been around too terribly long, but I would say long enough to take notice of things. I can remember being a little girl, and even as a teenager, going out on Halloween night and seeing quite a variety of costumes. From infants to the elderly, everyone had on some great costumes. Getting to see everyone dressed up as someone else has always been a highlight of the holiday for me. I never recall seeing anyone dressed in a ‘sexy’ costume, or a ‘trashy’ costume. The costumes were always very modest and cute. Apparently those times have changed. I can’t go into a store selling Halloween costumes with seeing too large a section selling ‘sexy’ costumes to not only adults, but children. And never mind last Halloween! You would not believe how many little girls, ages 5-12, that were dressed in these “sexed-up” costumes. “Hello moms! Where are you?” Isn’t it usually the parent who goes with the child to choose the costume for the year, or who orders it online? I can’t imagine what must go through a parent’s mind in allowing their young daughter to dress so provocatively, even if it is Halloween. I understand that adults like to have their parties and dress in these ‘sexy’ costumes, but please people, let’s save those for the “Adults Only” parties. Kids have enough sexuality thrown at them now days. It is all over the television, the radio, at school….I could go on and on. Parents are designated by God to lead their children, and to train them up in the ways of the Lord. Even if your family isn’t a Christian family, “Where are the morals?” I ask you. We allow our children to dress like this, even if it is just Halloween as many people try to defend their choices, yet when we hear about 9-year-old children having sex or being pregnant we are appalled. Why should you be so shocked? No matter if it is one night, or every single day, if you allow it, you are promoting it. These are little girls! Let them keep all the innocence they can for as long as they can!
Now, on a lighter note, I have to say that the costume selection for infants, toddlers, and children is very slim. Typically infants can be animals or a princess, and that about covers it. For toddlers, it is princesses and witches for girls, and action figures or sports for boys. Of course the animal costume is unisex. The kid’s section doesn’t offer much more; some princess costumes, a ladybug or bumblebee, or a witch for the girls, and for boys its action figures, sports, vampires, or ghosts. Just about any store you go into, especially Spirit of Halloween, offers twice as many adult costumes than infant to child combined. Of course everyone enjoys dressing up for Halloween, even I do, but isn’t Halloween more geared toward the children? I know it use to be. Being a parent myself now, and seeing how times have changed, I’m seeing that the true art of Halloween is becoming a lost art.
Here are a few examples of those ‘sexy’ costumes they want our daughters to wear:
These are just two example from SpiritHalloween.com. However, they are two of many. If ever you saw an adult out dressed in a costume of the sort, you would call her a slut. Yet, somehow we have managed to allow the industry to revamp our innocent children into something much more risque; dare I say ‘sluts’. And I am not the only one who has taken notice of this new trend in costumes. Check out this article that Newsweek did on the subject: http://www.newsweek.com/id/62474 This article was written two years ago, yet this industry continues bringing in a bigger profit every year with the sales of these costumes.
To think that parents thought those Bratz dolls were a bit much. We really need to step back and take a look at who is raising our children…us, or the media. The media and practically every industry in existence now, pushes the idea ‘to be hot’. These are just kids!