So our expectations of this year's Halloween were like the many before. Our close friends would come over and we would trick or treat around the block, happily, with minimal issues. But....
When you have a spirited child who is incredibly sensitive emotionally, what you think is the smallest and innocent detail will throw him into a friggin tizzy. So last night when a family friend arrived with a child in a Captain America suit, Boog thought it was his little best friend. In that moment, he was ecstatically happy. But the following moment was met with despair and confusion as he learned it was not his dearest best buddy. The disappointment overwhelmed his as he stomped away in tears, ripping off his mantis arms and wings. He huddled himself in the corner of the door sobbing.
At this point, we urged the rest of the Halloween crew to go ahead. I took Mudge while Kyle waited with UB and Boog to settle down. My heart sank. It reminded me of preschool graduation, his emotional up and downs. So Mudge and I trotted off (reluctantly) and did two houses before calling Kyle to find out if they were on their way.
Mudge and I waited for Boog and Dad at that second house. And that was as far as we got. Boog, in all of his green buggy glory could not "get it into his head" that the other boy in the costume was not his friend. His "mind just won't let it go." Again sobbing, he "just wanted to go home". So I passed the Bull Ant Mudge to Kyle, and walked back to the house with my sad little insect. We spent the rest of the evening chilling out, watching a show, and reading books till he was able to "make [his] brain feel better."
So as excited he was up until that point of the night, it only takes one switch to change a spirited child's mood. Sometimes you can prevent or decrease the length of time, and sometimes not. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. As intensely as he loves and plays and learns, he also intensely responds. I just fear when he eventually has his first girlfriend that breaks up with him.... Until then, we'll just keep supporting him as best we can.