Monday, October 26, 2009

Haunted House

For several years now Sophia has wanted to visit a haunted house. Last year, when she was ten years old we decided to attend our park district's haunted house as a family. It was fun but the "hauntings" were a little lame. This year she was ready for the real thing. We spent some time online reading reviews and deciding on which house to attend. Last night was our big night.

Sophia was so excited and happy that I was going to be the one going with her. With my flare-up last week, I had warned her that Steve might be taking her instead of me, which she was fine with, but preferred to do this with me. When I woke up Sunday morning I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had slept almost through the entire night and and the pain and stiffness in my knee, shoulders, and fingers was reduced. As Steve, Alexander, and Sophia woke up they each commented on how much better I looked. I was even able to take a short walk with Izzy and Sophia. Yippeee for me!!!!

Experiencing new things with Sophia is one of the highlights of my life. "Living in the moment" comes naturally for her and I didn't want to miss this opportunity with her. I know that in the next few years many of these first time experiences will be happening with her peers and it was important for me to have this fun evening with her. Oh, and it was fun.

We arrived about 15 minutes before the haunted house opened and still waited in line for a while. However, the wait was fun. Actors dressed as different characters were "haunting" those of us waiting in line and they had lots of fun with Sophia. At one point in line she said, "Maybe we shouldn't do this." I told her that was fine even though I knew she would do it.

Finally our time came to enter the "HAUNTED BASEMENT". We SCREAMED and SCREAMED and SCREAMED some more. Together we held onto each other throughout the whole experience. It was wonderful! As we exited, it was raining. What a perfect way to complete the evening. The entire way home we talked about how scared we were and how much fun we had. Sophia said, "This would be really fun to do with a group of friends." She is right. It would be fun to do with a group of friends and I hope that next year she gets that experience too, but for this year, I am glad it was me. Before heading off to bed she gave me the biggest hug ever and told me how happy she was that we went together. I am happy too.