Each year I host a party for children and their families, and every year it creates magic– not the storybook or pretend magic, but something very real.
Families gather with their children when school closes and have a pizza party on the playground. That event alone is incredibly exciting for young children. This year the weather was warm for New England, approaching 70 degrees. It was also foggy. Perfect for what was about to happen!
We carved pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns. That took quite a while; plenty of time for families to get to know each other, and plenty of time for each child and family to spend time together, doing something really fun. Yet, it was far more than fun.
Darkness descended and transformed carving pumpkins into another world of wonder and splendor. Imagine what it must be like for a child to be at school in the dark. When we stopped to look at all the Jack-O-Lanterns, everyone felt a great shift to something magical. This is what I wrote to families:
Tonight was a magical evening. Pizza dinner at school is pretty cool; yet carving a pumpkin with your family is a memory builder. We so enjoyed all the activity and excitement with each family. As the sun was setting, arranging all the jack-o-lanterns on the stone wall was filled with anticipation. Sitting together in a circle with our jack-o-lanterns and singing songs, as it became dark, was… perfect. Truly, it was a moment in time, the kind that leaves you with a feeling deep in your chest, yet you cannot find words to explain it. You just know that it is special. Often it is the little moments that are the most important and the best of all. Thank you for being there.
We gathered all together in a big circle. Jack-O-Lanterns were lit. Children were snuggled with their families. We sang the Jack-O-Lantern song, twice. The excitement of the singing the song in the dark was magical, indeed.
Yes, it was a moment that leaves you with a feeling deep in your chest, one that is difficult to explain, yet you know is special. It is magic!