Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 5, 2017

Samhain Costume 2017

My daughter and I met at the fabric store with my 4 year old granddaughter, “Lily”. Lily had been debating what she wanted to be for Samhain for at least 3 months. This was Decision Day, however, the day we introduced her to the pattern books, which were chock full of pictures of monsters, fairies, animals, princesses, and various versions of Wonder Woman. It was afternoon. Lily had spent the morning at the beach. Nap time was looming. I held ferociously onto hope.

Of course, we had to look at every single page in the pattern books. Lily stood between our chairs, directing the turning of the pages, and entering into long discussions of her various wants. The woman who sat across the table from us must have been a grandmother also, for the slight smiles that crossed her face indicated that she was enjoying a very familiar moment. Lily is very verbal, and this weapon was liberally used in the service of a 4 year old’s reasoning abilities.

Finally, she insisted that she wanted the Little Red Riding Hood cape. I am a firm believer that a child should be warm while going Trick-or-Treating. So I pointed out that the cape should be over something else. Anna’s Winter Dress (from Frozen) seemed to be a workable compromise. My daughter and granddaughter fetched the patterns. I selected material for the cape, and we merrily went our separate ways.

My daughter was in charge of obtaining Lily’s measurements. When she emailed the measurements to me, she confided that Lily had once again changed her mind. “She wants to be a plumber,” I was told, “but I think we convinced her to be a plumber next year.”

I am diligently working on the cape. Grandmothers pour the magic of love into everything we make for our littlest ones, and I am no exception. She will look lovely in her dress and Little Red Riding Hood cape. Still, I ponder the irony of the situation.

After all, Grandmother does not fare so well in the story.



  1. Love! (Remember that in the Brothers Grimm version, the hunter comes, cuts the wolf’s stomach and both Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandma emerge unscathed. So there’s hope (except for the Wolf.) Happy sewing.

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