And I was there on that first day when she broke both the sword and the necklace. "Maybe Daddy can fix them," she said, her voice barely over a whisper.
"I bet he can," I agreed.
"But let's put everything back in the bag so you don't wreck anything else before Halloween," Bill said.
In the weeks that followed, Allyson often repeated her hope that she'd be able to wield the sword and wear the necklace on the big day. But her fondest wish was something that seemed much more iffy. Her front tooth had been loose for weeks, and she dearly hoped she would lose it before Halloween; she figured a missing tooth would give her pirate's costume a more authentic look.
"I don't know, sweetie," I said. "It's not that loose yet, and it takes a long time to lose a tooth."
She continued to wiggle her tooth morning and night, day in and day out, and hoped for a Halloween miracle.
Last Sunday, before we took Allyson to Trunk or Treat at our church, Bill managed to mend the sword with a bunch of clear Duck tape. Good as new! And then he broke out the hot glue gun and affixed the crossbones behind the skull pendant.
"I knew Daddy could fix them," I said.
Allyson grinned, but then she frowned. "I wish my tooth would fall out before we go."
"I don't think it's going to fall out in the next hour," I said.
Even with all her teeth, she made quite a convincing pirate:
And, for a one-eyed pirate, she did amazingly well at all the carnival games. There were beanbag tosses, soccer and basketball goals, and even a game where she threw rolls of toilet paper into a stuffed "toilet." Her favorite game by far was a big inflatable (like a bounce house) with holes to kick a soccer ball through. The holes were way over her head, but she came so close to scoring. She went back over and over, making more than 20 attempts. Despite her tenacity, she never quite got the ball through the holes. But she never got discouraged, and I was so proud of her spirit.
The day after Trunk or Treat, Allyson rushed in from school and greeted me with a huge, toothless grin!
That night, she wrote this note:
The Tooth "Fariy" left this reply that night, along with three whole dollars! (Bill explained that you get a bit more for the first tooth since it is so special.)
|You will get it back one day.... T.F.|
So all of our pirate's wishes came true. On Halloween night, she went trick or treating with a snaggle-toothed smile, an almost perfect taped sword, and a skull necklace-with crossbones. I think she was right. That missing tooth added just the right touch:
She had a glorious time, I'm told. I was in Las Vegas for a conference at the time, and believe me when I say, Halloween is craazy in Vegas. As for Allyson, would you believe she broke that sword again?
Jack O Lanterns
This year it was only Allyson and Bill who carved pumpkins as Ethan had decided to pass on that tradition this year (sigh). As usual, all I did was take pictures.
The cat was Allyson's own design. Pretty nice, huh?