"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Saturday, November 01, 2008

SHOW AND TELL: The Halloween that took 10 yrs off my life.



I got off easy this year in the costume department. Marty decided to go as a vampire again. Joey created a cop costume from his dress up/pretend stuff. And, I finally got Gabe to agree to dress up as a knight. Gabe loved the idea of the knight's helmet and, of course, he liked the sword. However, until he saw Marty wearing his vampire cape, he flat out refused to wear the knight's cloak we have. Once Marty's cape was on, Gabe was happy to wear his. I decided to go ugly. I put on my fake nose and chin, green makeup, and frizzed my hair as big as it would go. Gabe's first response was, "Take it off mommy."

We had gone about 1 block when Gabe decided it was time to scare the shit out of mommy and Aunt Jennifer. He pulled away and took off running towards the road to go across to the next house. As he started running, a car (traveling way to damned fast for a Halloween night) started down the road. It was one of those moments when you see whats happening and you know you can't stop it. All I could see flashing in front of me was my precious boy in a crumpled heap. I screamed like I have never screamed before..."NO". The part of my brain that was "watching" this all happen thought, "Boy, I've never heard her voice sound like that before." Gabe must have picked up on the sheer terror in my voice because he screeched to a halt. The

woman in the car evidently heard me too because she hit her brakes. The car and my precious boy came to a stop less than 2 feet apart. 2 or 3 more steps and Gabe would have been immediately in front of that car's bumper and I wouldn't have been able to save him. I somehow managed to keep from totally losing it and collapsing into a sobbing pile of goo right there and we went on to have a wonderful evening. I don't think I stopped shaking for at least another 10 minutes. Gabe, on the other hand, only seemed to be affected by it all for about 10 seconds.

The kids were all thrilled because the people in our neighborhood gave out great candy and they got tons of it.

Gabe provided the comic relief because he wouldn't say Trick or Treat. He would hold up his bag and say "Put it in mine bag." and then he would thank them a few times.

Over all, I'd say it was a Halloween we will never forget.


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23 comments:

Lollipop Goldstein said...

That is so terrifying. My worst fear. I hope your heart has calmed.

battynurse said...

Oh how frightening. I'm so glad that it all ended well.

Malky B. said...

I'm glad everyone's safe and you got to have a nice time out too.

Another Dreamer said...

What a scary thing, glad the car stopped... love the costumes!

Delenn said...

I worry about that stuff happening on Halloween. You would think people would know to be careful--but, you would think people would know to be careful all the time...

Glad everything turned out okay!

Sam said...

ha ha "put it in mine bag" indeed!!! He knows what it's all about!!

Too scary though - how horrifying for you, I sm so glad everything was ok in the end.

Cara said...

Aaaaa - That sounds horriffic. What a scary experience. I'm so glad everyone is allright - including you!

Velda said...

OMG thank gosh for loud screaming moms!

Pam Ringo said...

Holy cow... our boys are good at scaring us. I'm glad that both Gabe and the car stopped!!!

Emmett wouldn't say Trick or Treat at all and, if we were lucky, he would say Thank You every other house. Oh well... that's better than not saying it at all, right? lol

I'm glad that the night went on to be fun. Oh and I love the pictures! Great costumes! :)

MrsSpock said...

Holy crap. Yep, that would scare me worse than Michael Myers jumping out of the bushes with a knife. So glad he was OK.

angrycanrn said...

Talk about taking years off your life!

Glad you were able to avert the impending disaster.

Boo!

WiseGuy said...

All's well that ends well! TC!

Kathleen said...

I'm so glad to hear he's ok. And look at all of that great loot!

Ken's choice said...

glad You're all alright again,
wise lad that Gabe, he'll get far in life, why do things if not absolutely necessary and still get the loot.?

Emily (Apron Strings) said...

Yikes! That was definitely a really bad Halloween "trick." I'm glad that Gabe was alright and that nothing happened! Hope you're heart has slowed down ...

Here from Show and Tell

Lauren said...

How scary! I'm glad everything turned out ok. Hope you were able to enjoy the rest of your night anyway!

Beautiful Mess said...

Oh those naughty boys! Mine has given me more heart stopping moments in his 5 short years then I have EVER had my entire life. I'm so glad all turned out well. Sending you hugs! They looked great in their costumes!
Hugs,
-D

Lori said...

I'm so glad you have a good set of lungs on you!

Martha said...

Wow, what a nightmare, thank goodness for your great set of lungs and reactions. Your kids are really adorable, so glad everything's okay. Holy Smokes!!!!

Rachel said...

OMG, that is so scary. :( I'm SO SO glad he stopped. That was always one of my worst fears, of the kids running out in front of a car. I'm glad everyone came out safe.

Dora said...

Yikes! Glad everything was okay.

Visions of my future with urban traffic and crazy taxi drivers!

Brenda said...

You are a strong woman. I think I would have collapsed. Unfortunately, there was an accident in Massachusetts in which both a mother and her son were hit while trick-or-treating. I am so glad all ended well for you.

Meari said...

Whoa, what a scary experience with Gabe! I had a similar one with my nephew once, when he was 4. Yelling his name at the top my my ex's lungs stopped him in his tracks, too.

Look at all that candy stash!!