Do you have people in your life who you absolutely adore, but don't spend much time with? We seem to have an abundance of people who we really like, but for one reason or another don't get together with as often as we should. Two of the most amazing people I know happen to be married to each other and we finally had them over for dinner last night. Peter Rohloff and Rebecca Plummer Rohloff are a doctor and an artist respectively, but so much more. Every time we get a chance to talk with them, we learn something and they make us think about things in a different way. Unfortunately, Rob and I are on our worst behavior when it comes to people we both dig equally and we fall all over each other talking to them. We love to entertain and we have gotten better about talking to much when we have guests, but we have a long way to go. I totally left Rob to do all the cooking while I nursed and nursed and nursed Josie some more. So we ended up with vegan pizza which was yummy, but very odd shaped and prepackaged organic salad so no pictures of the food.
I won't get into everything interesting we discussed (midwifery, Guatemala, religion, veganism, etc.), but Rebecca did shed some light on a pressing topic for me lately (not global warming...although it should be)...Halloween.
I don't like Halloween.
1. It is not very vegan friendly...we usually hand out expensive vegan candy which I order from my friends Shari and Phil at Pangea. The boys are usually happy handing out the candy and eating a bit themselves and watching the costumed kids. They haven't had any interest in taking part...until this year.
Some of our other vegan friends go ahead and trick-or-treat and just switch out the candy for vegan stuff. I have really never liked this idea for us.
2. I don't like a lot of the costumes and the idea of begging for candy and threatening people if they don't receive it.
Rebecca's comments at dinner made me realize I know very little about the meaning behind Halloween. So...I'm in a quest over the next week or so to learn about other cultures and how they celebrate and what is the point anyway. Maybe I'll come away with an idea of how to celebrate this holiday ourselves.
If anyone has some non-traditional ways to spend Halloween or stories behind the meaning of the holiday, please leave me comments.