October 30, 2009

Reasons To Smile #2: Costumes

Driving home from work with my family in tow, I pulled up to a stoplight. With Halloween weekend coming up, I decided to use this brief moment to quiz my 2-year-old.

"Hey Ella?"

"What Daddy?" she said from the back seat.

"What is your sister Anna going to be for Halloween?"

"A beautiful butterfly!" she yelled.

"That's right. What are you going to be?"


I turned back to face the red light, waiting for it to change. In the process, I shot my wife the I-Can't-Believe-How-Smart-Our-Daughter-Is look. It's a look I shoot her all-too-often.

A moment or two passed, then Ella's soft voice resurfaced with a very concerned tone.


"Yes dear?"

"What are you going to be for Halloween?"

This was a great question. I hadn't thought about it and, quite frankly, wasn't planning on dressing up. In truth, Halloween is really about the kids so it didn't matter to me whether I dressed up or not. But if she wanted me to, maybe I would.

"I don't know, Ella. What do you want me to be?"

She thought about it for a second. Then a giant smile overtook her face.

"A big Cinderella."

(Luckily for me, I don't think they make glass slippers in my size.)

"Reasons To Smile" is a series of shorts from The Life of Dad and will be updated periodically in-between usual posts to (hopefully) brighten your day.


Angel said...

And you will make a beautiful big Cinderella, Brian. :)

Zoey is going as a lobster and will be spending a portion of her Halloween evening in a large pot. (We're just trying to get a head start on great photos for her wedding slide show someday...)

Happy Halloween! (I'm still giggling over the "meatballs" story.)

Maria said...

Vincent is going to be Bumblebee from The Transformers. I'm bummed that he's already over the cute costumes, but at least I have some time with Nolan. He's going to be a pumpkin.

Don't forget to share pictures of you in your Cinderella costume!

NWthiznug said...

I am going to be The Million Dollar Man, Ted Dibiase. In fact, a few of us are going with the wrestling theme this year. We already have the Undertaker, Macho Man Randy Savage, and the Ultimate Warrior. You'd make a good Big Boss Man or Yokozuna I think.

Tom said...

You'd make a great Cinderella BK...

Cooper is going as Buzz Lightyear and EJ is a Bakugan Brawler. I got voted down from wanting Cooper to be Hugh Hefner!

I was going to dress up until being told I was not allowed to go as one of the Dick in a Box guys.

S.E.Ingraham said...

In addition to enjoying your column (which I am now subscribing to...)I wanted to add my kudos and thanks to the chorus of others that should be extending theirs for your yeoman's chore of taking over for Robert Brewer while he cavorts at his brother's wedding.Thanks so much. And technical glitches be gone - it seems we're all being plagued by them - go figure. Thanks again.

Essa Bostone said...

This is the cutest blog I've ever read. I particularly liked the one about the singing. Turns my heart to mush just thinking about it. Seriously though, they do make glass slippers in your size. You just didn't look long enough and in the right stores. Too late now. Maybe next year!

halfmoon_mollie said...

Hey, thank you for helping out Robert Lee Brewer with the poetry prompts.

Carrie said...

Lucky for you, indeed. That would have been a funny treat for us though, had you actually heeded her request. ;)