What kind of mother doesn’t post anything about her child’s Halloween experience until the middle of November??  A busy one, I guess.  A mom that’s trying to juggle full-time work (in retail, no less!) , the rest of her family, grocery shopping, etc.  Sigh.  Why can’t I just be inherently rich?  Blogging and eating bonbons all day long?  A girl can dream.

Anyway, Halloween was another good experience this year.  Scout’s friend Jacob came along to trick or treat once again.  Isn’t begging for candy from strangers so much more fun with an accomplice?  In true Scout/Aspie form, Scout went as a Barrel Of Toxic Waste.  He got this idea from his beloved ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comics.   It was a big success, getting lots of great comments, but not so fun to run around in across root-infested lawns, up and down stairs, and around curbs in the pitch.  Scout looked like a cartoon himself, trying to run from house to house with his little legs only able to take baby steps as he went.  Of course when one is getting boat-loads of free candy, one doesn’t notice.  It was another successful haul.  So successful, in fact, that Mom ate all of the Snickers and now he’s old enough to notice.  I had to promise next time we go to the store I’d buy him a full-sized one.

Overall, things are going well.  I would say the meds Scout is on definitely is helping his temperament.  He can roll with the punches, go with the flow, much easier these days.  Blessed C-man does his homework with him and says he isn’t as quick to get frustrated and upset, which of course is a very good thing.  Scout had a sleepover at a friend’s house over the weekend, which of course makes me want to jump for joy.

He has again started practice for the Geography Bee at his school.  It’s interesting, this year he is not studying for it and talking about it as much as last year.  I’m curious how he’ll take it if he doesn’t do as well.  Of course if he doesn’t it will be everyone else’s fault but his own.  Ownership and consequence is something we constantly work on.  They are concepts he just doesn’t seem to understand and/or care about.  It’s a worry that plagues me as I try to cling to my mantra, ‘day at a time, day at a time’…and not wonder how in the world he will ever complete anything on his own as an adult.

Guess I’ll go back to my Snickers and finish this blog post…

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Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! I guess I’ll never grow up, ‘cuz this still makes me laugh.  How was your Halloween?  Did you do anything special?  I’m pretty old fashioned when it comes to the this holiday–well, holidays of any kind, really.  We don’t need to go to a mall or theme park, good ol’ dressing up in costume and begging your neighbors for candy is the way we do things around here.

Following Scout around while he happily runs from house to house in the dark is definitely a highlight of my year.  Sure, I complain about the cold, but I really love seeing his happy face and I myself get a little secret joy seeing how much loot the little guy rakes in.  This neighborhood is not stingy!  Many give out full-sized candy bars.  OK, maybe it’s not the healthiest of things, but it sure is fun.

The best thing about this Halloween was that Scout had a friend to go Trick or Treating with!  What was really great was that he was a black Ninja and his friend was a white one–totally unplanned on their parts, but they made a great pair!  I have to admit, even though I love the special time between us as we walk and laugh under the moonlight together, the past couple of years I’ve felt a bit sad seeing packs of kids run around together.  I know full well that that will probably never be Scout’s experience.  But just him having a partner in crime this year made me so incredibly happy.  And him, too. More than likely, happier than he would be with a group of kids.

After all, it’s pretty much the window of what Scout’s life will more than likely be.  He’ll never be part of a pack, he’ll have a handful of good friends throughout his life…if he’s lucky.   And the older he gets, the more I see this actually becoming a reality.  That is the best treat I could get on Halloween night.  (well, that and an Almond Joy…or two….)