Our company mascot, a.k.a. our son, Danny, is 3 years old and at the age in which Halloween is entrenched in his mind and he is giddy with anticipation. Danny was a police man for Halloween last year and he wants to be one again this year which I'm delighted with. His exuberance for holidays is enthralling. It reignites my imagination and brings back childhood feelings of excitement over simple things like dressing up in costumes and carving pumpkins. My dad was in charge of pumpkin carving when I was kid. We'd make an event of it: pick out the perfect pumpkin, bring it home, wipe it off, draw a classic Halloween pumpkin face with the gappy smile, triangle nose and eyes and scoop out the slimy stuff. My mother would bake the seeds in the oven for snacking on which we thought was neat until we realized that they were too tough to chew and didn't digest very well.
Now I run a business, a household, a family and if there's time left over, I get to maintain my hygiene, ha ha. I deeply miss the innocence of childhood, how safe and comforting it was to not have bills to worry about and investments to consider! I worry a lot about Danny's well-being and safety. Sometimes so much so that it takes my breath away for a couple of seconds. I know that feeling is unending. Growing up is painful and wonderful at the same time. Being an adult is a continual inner search for peace, positivity and fortitude. I have my faith, my family and a warm, comfortable home. These are the blessings I focus on particularly when I start to miss the innocence of my own childhood.
Watching and re-living the excitement of Halloween through Danny is wondrous. He inspires me to find what remains of my younger self and I apply that nostalgia and sentiment to the artwork for my little greeting cards. I hope- I really hope- that it will evoke memories and light into all big kids who receive them.