I'm not alone.
Once the kids hit middle school, Halloween simply isn't the same.
While in past years, we spent days agonizing over what she should be - and money to make that happen... she still did not have a costume last weekend, when we attended our friends' annual Halloween gathering.
She ended up going to her closet and put together a mish-mosh of green clothing and shamrock paraphernalia, and then made herself a sign that said "Happy St. Patrick's Day."
"What is she?" our perplexed hosts inquired.
"Confused," I said.
I think it's more a case of overload for her than disinterest in the holiday. Between the homework, the gymnastics, the Bat Mitzvah prep -- she's a kid who ends up doing a lot of thinking on her feet. And I can't help but think that's a good skill for her as she comes of age in our crazy, bewildering new world.
I can't shake this feeling of being scattered. I know some of it is this election and how involved I've become in it. But some of it is being over-extended. I have writing obligations (which I enjoy) but I also have a virtual assistant job (which I enjoy less). I engage in much productive avoidance. And I end each day feeling like I haven't gotten anything DONE.
I know I need to do better. But it might not happen until after November 4.