October 30, 2008

The Witch and the Nurse

My plan to spend the day at a local farm with my kids--going on hayrides, picking out pumpkins that have been shipped in from Kentucky, and consuming overpriced doughnuts and apple cider--was foiled by a freak blizzard.

The joy of wading through 2 inches of snow all day was made even more joyful by the news that the storm's epicenter seemed to be directly over my house. It didn't snow at all downtown and only slight flurries were reported 20 minutes to the west and east.

Although we were sad that our field trip had to be postponed, we were fortunate to have available to us a number of alternative (and indoor) forms of seasonal entertainment, including a scavenger hunt at a nearby bookstore, which was free for kids dressed in Halloween costumes.

"Get in the car!" I shouted up the stairs.

Camber slowly emerged from her lair, wearing underpants and a pink kitty shirt.

"I think that something is missing," I observed, "Besides the obvious."

"I'm not wearing pants," she threatened.

I was thrilled to to not be the evil witch for once.
"That's fine," I said, "Because you're supposed to wear your Halloween costume anyway."

"I'm not wearing my Halloween costume either," came the reply. "It's disgusting."

The offensive object to which my daughter was referring was a $29.99 non-refundable nurse costume that she just HAD to have a week ago.

"Put the costume on please," I said firmly.

"No! I'm not going anywhere! I'm staying right here!"

I could feel the evil witch returning. I tried to bribe her with a package of M&M's, but she would not be silenced.

"Put the nurse costume on now!" shrieked the witch, "Or you are going to need a doctor."


Me said...

What's So horrible about the nurse costume? Must.Show.Pictures.

Liz said...

I'm glad to know that the "witch" lives inside of others, and not just me! My daughter has been sleeping in EVERYDAY this week! When she's faced with "you now have 10 minutes to get dressed, brush your teeth, comb your hair and pick out lunch" She moves less than turle speed... obviously she can't see the horns growing from my head, b/c surely she'd MOVE if she did! LOL

Carrie said...

That's hilarious. So the anti-pants campaign continues, huh?

Becky said...

This is so my life. ROFL

The two MUST HAVE pirate costumes I bought for my boys instead of making them wear old ones??? They REFUSE to wear them.

So last night one wore his SISTER'S old dalmatian costume and the other worse his sister's Soccer outfit from four years ago.

Nice. (pics on my blog)

Malea said...

...just know that most of us are cackling empathetically with you. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The PiƱon Family said...

You help me realize that I am a normal Mom and that my kids are normal kids. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

togetherforgood said...

So did the witch win?

mamajil said...

I love it!! This is too funny I am gonna have to go back and read some of your past posts and see why she is boycotting pants...

so....did she ever get her costume on? :)

Nikki said...

Oh Jana - all this and a new baby at home!! I can just imagine the lack of sleep you must be having...might that be the only reason the witch did not mount her broom and make a full attack up the stairs???

My inner witch would threaten that said nurse would not be going anywhere, and instead, would be passing out candy, dressed as a baboon!

Oh my, that's sounds like me being the meanest mom!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Candice said...

I have a feeling you are going to love the teenage years with Camber. ;)

See you in the insane asylum.