Thursday, November 01, 2007

Philanthropy Thursday


Okay, how many of you have kids that have sugar hangovers and the beginnings of head colds from canvassing neighborhoods all evening last night? Yeah, me, too.


Today I'm copping out and not doing a "real" P.T. post. Instead, I am officially decreeing today at my house "G.A.T.B." Day. That's right, today is officially Give a Teen a Break Day at casa Get in the Car.


Last night I shadowed thirteen seventh graders as they ate pizza then hit up forty-two blocks for confections. They were awesome. They weren't out of control, they stayed together, and everyone was genuinely kind to everyone else. You could have knocked me over with a Twix bar. And, I laid eyes on the boy my daughter has a crush on. In a case of mistaken identity, I had assumed her Jake was this skateboarding boy who looks like he's been a latch-key kid since he was three. This Jake, well, he's a sweet kid. My heart can rest a little easier for the time being. Double bonus, his parents are amazing, and he shook my hand when he met me. NOT that this means Maddie can date before she's seventeen. It just means I approve of her crush and told her so. Does that jinx things?


Last night, as I supervised the twelve and thirteen year-olds my husband was across town running after Jacob, Chloe, and friends while pushing Jack in the stroller. He came home and pronounced the kindergarten through fifth grade set total maniacs. Apparently it is easier herding a bunch of feral cats than keeping sugar-starved young ones in a cohesive group. Who knew my night would be easier?


Hope everyone is detoxing from the evening's festivities.

17 comments:

andi said...

Ha ha ha. I had only one to usher through the streets and I was amazed at the amount of candy she got.

Since I'm all about my child's well-being, I'm going to do my part in helping the candy disappear. You wouldn't want me contributing to the child-obesity epidemic, would you?

Mr. Fabulous said...

Aren't 7th graders too old to trick or treat? Shouldn't they be out smoking crack and getting pregnant?

Jen M. said...

Mr. Fab - they were trick-or-treating AT the crack houses. Duh.

Andi - I am doing my part just like you as I type this. I've heard that too much chocolate is linked to lower test scores and I just want to help.

Just Seeking said...

Of course Maddie has good taste! look at her parents, yes?

I too will help my children by eating way too much of their candy. Anyone will to help ME?

Sunshine said...

Is my math bad or did you pick up another child during Trick or Treating??

Jen M. said...

Sunshine that is my youngest daughter's best friend ;) Sort of our fifth child, anyway.

suburbancorrespondent said...

Yes, you did jinx it. Keep your mouth shut, if you know what's good for you!

MommyMommy said...

Great costumes!!! We corralled 2year olds thru first graders last night, and boy they sucked at staying together. 42 blocks!!! I can't believe it, we went down one side of 7 blocks and all returned with full pumpkins!!!

flutter said...

Is it a requirement to be beautiful at your house? :)

Jen M. said...

Mommy Mommy: I exagerrated on the blocks. It just felt like 42.

Flutter you're too kind. And yes, it is a requirement. You would not BELIEVE the kids' plastic surgery bills! ;)

Rimarama said...

Oh, no! She can't like him anymore, now that you approve!

Beck said...

It sounds like you have a good, sensible girl. She looks elegant and aloof in the photo - SO much better than having a junior hoochie mama on your hands!

Sarcasta-Mom said...

I definetely have a Halloween hangover today. Ouchie.....

Kellan said...

I'm just relieved it's over - I'm tired of Halloween. It was fun though. All your kids are so cute - so dramatic in the picture - a lot like my kids. See ya.

Nancy said...

Parental approval usually means a break-up is around the corner.

Really? No dates until she's 17?

Lela said...

We hit three blocks before we are too cold to carry on, lol. But we hit up the rick folks so we get the good stuff!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

What beautiful kids.