Thursday, November 01, 2012
Idylwood Halloween Eve
It is quiet now. The hundreds of children have gone home with shopping bags and jack-o- lanterns filled with wrapped candy. This year's Halloween trick or treat festivities felt joyful. The children, all accompanied by smiling parents, left me in tears, again and again. Tears? More than once? Yeah, I was suddenly overwhelmed and both happy and sad seeing these eager young faces.
Remembering my own kids when they were this age. Remembering that we drove them to Milford Street where many of their friends lived and where the candy was especially plentiful. Just as it is on my street now.
So many Hispanic families come to for trick or treating on this street where I live. Every year, the street is crowded with shiny pickup trucks and vans. There is a feeling of gaiety as families walk from house to house.
The children are all ages from babes in arms to middle school kids. Their faces are painted, masked or expressing simple delight. They are costumed as cowboys and ghosts, witches and monsters, fairies and princesses. Their parents are all smiles as they lead children back and forth across the street to houses with lights on. What I see is love for these kids and hope for them too.
Today I read in the Houston Chronicle that 600 public school districts in Texas are suing the state, charging that it does not provide "enough money to meet the schools' constitutional obligation for standards which include the new STAAR test, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.'
Imagine 600 school districts partnering to sue the state on behalf of 5 million Texas school children.
Our high school graduation rate is disturbing. We are dead last in the nation. Worse than places like Alabama and Mississippi.
And heading into the 2013 legislative session is Senator Dan Patrick, who wants to give education dollars, big time, for school vouchers and charter schools. Turn the whole education thing over to parents and the private sector. It'll all be a mess to straighten out.
And that's why seeing all these kids tonight makes me sad. Why can't we give every kid a decent education? It's in every one's best interest.
Here's Lulu Bell as black cat with Caroline on their front steps handing out candy. Where's Charlie?
Of course, I saved half a bag of Reece's, because during my last visit to Seattle, I found I really liked Dad's cache of these particular candies. Not healthy at all. I've had a dozen or more tonight. My body sugar levels must be soaring.
I'm over the tears now. But it happens every Halloween. It's all about love and potential loss, isn't it?
Stopped in at the Greater East End Management District this afternoon and imagine what I found. Folks in costume, three actually representing a sunflower, graffiti and trash. All three are district themes.