Halloween for Men

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I once convinced my husband to go to a Halloween party with me as a Ladybug. Well, we were a pair of Ladybugs. The costumes were made by a craft-talented friend who was proud to loan them to us. The bug’s red felt body had black circles velcroed to it; little antennae attached to our heads and bobbed at the slightest movement.

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Why Should Anyone Get Married?

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My daughter called the other day to tell me that good friends of hers were getting divorced. Her friends had only been married a short time; they were young and didn’t have children. It was sad. The dissolution of marriage usually is. Most of her friends are still single. They are graduate students and independent young professionals. Many of them marry later than the generation before. “And I mean, why get married in the first place?” Katie asked me.

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Remembrances of Halloweens Past

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I am seven years old in the Bronx. I love Halloween because in my friend Joanie’s apartment building we can get on the elevator, ring a bunch of doorbells all at once on each floor and clean up in no time flat: twelve floors, with eight apartments on each floor. We never have to go out in the rain. Doesn’t it always rain on Halloween? Afterward, we go back to Joanie’s apartment, 3B, and spread the loot on her living room rug: Chocolate kisses and candy corn; pennies and pencils; pez candy, sour balls, gum drops, jelly beans. Loose, not pre-packaged in mini-sizes.

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Doing Grown-Up Activities with Children

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I think we might have it all wrong. Parents (and worse, grandparents) try to please the littlest members of the family with what we believe are fun activities for children. But often, it’s the mundane chores of our everyday lives that are the stuff memories are made of.

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