Keeping Traditions Even When They Grow Up

Today on a walk, I remember that for the past seven years, I’ve contributed the “Boo Platter” for the classroom Halloween parties. It was never anything special, but if you remember, the Boo Platter became a signature moment; the children begged for that Boo Platter each year. I laughed that while I wasn’t skilled in artistic design, I did know something about words. So I wrote “Boo” and filled in the fruit. That was me. Words. 

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But now with one daughter in high school and one in middle school, the days of class parties, costume parades, and Boo Platters fade into the past.

I have a moment with myself—a sad little moment where I know that I lived once through a time now gone.

But I also realize that I can retain a bit of childhood even though no classroom needs the Boo Platter. Maybe I need it. So I create a miniature version (that’s nearly impossible to discern) for after school snack. It’s not my best work, but I know the word is in there.

So the Boo Platter hasn’t retired yet. And neither have I.

 

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