Every year we have a party for families at school. It begins with a pizza supper on the playground, followed by carving jack-o-lanterns. It is wonderful. Families meet and greet, eat pizza, and then roll up their sleeves to carve a jack-o-lantern. Today, the tools are pretty fancy and sophisticated. But carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern is as exciting as it was in the ‘olden days’.
Every year this is THE event. And, it is always wonderful.
After we admired our jack-o-lanterns, we gathered in a circle, sitting close together. How cool to be at school, at night, and in the dark, with a glowing jack-o-lantern!
We sang our ever-popular jack-o-lantern song. Older siblings joined in.
This is what I sent to families. It still makes my heart beat:
Our Aqua Room Host Party
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, and thank you to the many families who contributed items and gave us a helping hand.