Tonight, we will be trick or treat commuters once again, as we tag along with friends who live in a more upscale neighborhood than ours.
There was a slight question as to whether or not we would do this. You see, Megan's state gymnastics competition is this Saturday, and Wednesday is one of the nights she is supposed to train. Her coach actually expected this group of 10, 11 and 12-year-olds to skip Halloween and spend the night practicing their routines and doing hard conditioning.
Head coach is very old school. He has devoted his life to this sport, has been running our gym for more than 30 years and knows more about it than anyone I've ever met. He has trouble remembering that his young gymnasts are children, and not little gymnastic robots. And he was very upset last week when he asked the girls if they planned to be there tonight and discovered that they would all rather do trick or treat.
"That is your problem," he muttered bitterly. "None of you have any commitment."
I had told another coach that we would be willing to do an extra make-up practice on Tuesday (which is Megan's one free evening) or even skip Hebrew school and come in on Thursday, but it looks like the group will just miss out this week.
Fortunately, my daughter has a good head on her shoulders and a sense of perspective. She shrugs off the head coach's negative remarks and just focuses on doing the best job she can.
And tonight, she will have fun just being a kid.
The American Red Cross has posted some excellent safety reminders for all the little ghouls and ghosts heading out this evening. Check them out here.