Yesterday, one of the neighbor kids asked me about Halloween.
"Why don't you celebrate Halloween?"
I looked at her and thought a minute. Could I help her understand without hurting her feelings?
"Well, what comes to mind when you think about Halloween?"
"CANDY!" She says with glee.
"Okay, besides candy. What images come to your mind that represent Halloween?"
"Scary things. Ghosts, goblins, graveyards."
"Spells, haunted houses . . ."
I paused for a minute and just looked at her, then said, "Did you notice that not once did you say rainbows and pretty clouds and nice things? They were all yucky things. That's why we don't celebrate Halloween."
"Oh," she said, her eyes bright with understanding. There was no argument. No mention of candy. She just knew.