The Sweetest Things in Life

Much to my surprise and delight, the sweetest thing about this Halloween weekend for me wasn’t mindlessly consuming a grotesque amount of treat size chocolate bars and candy. This is only partially because I specifically bought chips so I didn’t end up devouring more than my share of chocolate while handing out treats to the ghouls and goblins that came to our door. Now, I have to admit a few of my kid’s treats may have somehow found their way into my belly, but that’s really not the point of this post.

Allow me to explain…

This past weekend was one of only two weekends in October that I didn’t have Yoga Teacher Training, so I was able to spend some much needed quality time with my family. It made me realize how much I’ve missed them during our time apart (absence really does make the heart grow fonder), as well as how enjoyable it can be when we’re together.

Here are a couple of the sweetest and most memorable moments from my Halloween weekend:

I got to go out on an actual adult date night with my husband for the first time in a VERY long while. We enjoyed a nice dinner (which was such a treat sans kids), and took in a movie. I cannot begin to explain how nice it is to do something so simple with the guy I love. Just him and I, hanging out and enjoying each others’ company.

We saw The Intern, with Anne Hathaway and Robert Di Niro, and I was completely taken aback at how Di Niro’s character reminded me of my late (paternal) grandfather. I had never noticed this resemblance before, but once I made the connection that’s all I could think of when I looked at Di Niro. Although the resemblance was striking the similarity went way beyond just physical appearance. Di Niro’s character’s sentimentality was akin to my grandpa’s trademark soft side. As I watched the show I reminisced about this special man, who was known for being quiet, and yet you always knew there was a lot more going on beneath his stoic exterior than what you could see with the eye.
I love you and miss you, Grandpa Albert.

Side-by-side comparison of Di Niro (left) and my Grandpa Albert (right).

Another sweet weekend highlight I’d like to share was seeing the pure joy in both of my kids’ faces after trick or treating with their friends. They were both so very happy, and it wasn’t entirely because they scored a hefty haul of candy (much of which has now been donated to Hearts for the Homeless). It was more so because they were having an absolute blast just being kids, doing fun kid stuff with other kids. And I must say, there’s nothing as wonderfully sweet as seeing your children happy.

As you can see, the sweetest things about my Halloween weekend had very little to do with candy and treats, and everything to do with witnessing the importance of relationships and spending time with the people I love.

My heart is full, and how very sweet that is.

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