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Halloween Homesickness

(climbing into the car)

Hank: Papa!

Me: Hey, babe. What’s up? Why the shanghai?

Pai: (ready to depart) Are we buckled?

Hank: Buckled.

Me: Why are you picking us up from school? We could have walked home by now.

Pai: If you did then you’d miss the surprise!

Me: What surprise?

Pai: You’ll see.

Me: Are we going to get Molly?

Hank: I bet it is a Halloween surprise!

Pai: Stop right there, both of you! Adriana (Molly’s Nanny) has been working very hard on this surprise all week and you will not ruin it with guessing.

Hank: I love Amália’s Ama (Nanny). She is the nicest.

Me: We are so very lucky to find Molly’s best person. It was hard to ask for help. I wouldn’t have handed Molly over to anyone else. Adriana blesses our lives.

Hank: If my fifth grade is the school down the street from her house after school I will walk to her house every day and I will help her with the girls and I will help her clean and I will be so happy there while waiting for you or papa or can I bring Molly home myself?

Me: Um… It’s far. It’s the opposite side of town. If she lived as close as your school then sure, but Adriana’s house is a bit too far for Molly’s little legs, not to mention all the distractions of old town. It would take you hours to get home.

Hank: You’re right. Molly would stop at every fountain and all the steps she would hop and she’d ask for a cookie at every café!

Me: When she is four, maybe, but by then she will be in infantário (preschool) at your school.

Pai: (parking) Give me your phone, Joy. I want you to enjoy this.

Me: I can already tell this is going to cure my unending Halloween Homesickness.

Pai: It will. Adriana is so creative. Now, no more guessing! Lets go!

Two Playful Pumpkins: Amalia and her colleague Ariana in their Ama's (Nanny's) handmade costumes hopping off steps in old town.

Two Playful Pumpkins: Amalia and her colleague Ariana in their Ama’s (Nanny’s) handmade costumes hopping off steps in old town.