This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war and hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out and the sun burns late.
That was no time for a child to be born
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome
Honor and truth were trampled by scorn—
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn –
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.
We decorate our dining room for Hallowe'en every October 1, and then on hallowe'en itself we usually have a little hallowe'en party because we have good sidewalks and nice neighbors for trick-or-treating.
This year, we were planning a slightly larger hallowe'en party, but a small family medical emergency came up (everybody's fine), and a party was no longer a good idea.
So we called our understanding friends and explained, and instead of our bigger hallowe'en party, we had family come over for dinner and trick-or-treating.
I had already shopped and baked and cooked for the larger-sized party, so we had a LOT of food!
Go big or go home. :)
At the beginning of last week, Claire and I went over to San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe and bought her these two books. Here's why:
Claire: Remember when you said the United States of America were winners?
Mom: Do you mean when when we were talking about the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War?
Mom: Yes. America won the war, and became its own country.
Claire: What about the Koreans?
Claire: Are the Koreans winners, too?
Mom: We didn't actually fight Korea in that war.
Claire: But I mean the Koreans here.
Mom: Oh! Yes, all Americans benefit now from the Declaration of Independence then. And we have a very good Constitution, and it gives us some special freedoms. Sometimes that is why people move here, from all over the world. And sometimes when people come here, they like it and they become citizens, and then they are Americans, and on the Fourth of July they are celebrating America's independence and democracy, too.
Claire: But are they winners?
Mom: Yes! They're winners.
Claire: What about Oregon?
Claire: Are they winners, too?
Mom: Oregon is one of the states. Yes. (Pause) It's kind of confusing, isn't it?
A couple days later, the context for this conversation clicked for me. Claire's best friend from preschool this year was Korean-American, and moved to Oregon in May. Claire just wanted to make sure her friend won, too.
Happy Fourth of July!
Well, it's been a good hallowe'en time. :)
We found cute cards at Target last month, and Claire sent them to her cousins.
We did manage to buy one new Hallowe'en book we all really like. :)
Miss Claire got to go to the Harvest Festival at church on Sunday and play with her friends and relatives.
. . . and have a day of fun and a hallowe'en parade at preschool . . .
And a night of trick-or-treating (and her first ever Pixy Stix) with her cousins this evening. Goodbye, hallowe'en banner