Oberlin, Thom and Vinnie’s school, hosts a Halloween party each year. One of the founders was born in America, and she said Oberlin celebrated Halloween before anyone else in Germany: “Ten years ago Halloween didn’t exist here,” she told us today.
The kids were looking forward to the party and especially loved the fancy face painting. One of my favorite moments of the party was when Lee sat in the face painting chair and when asked what he wanted he said softly, “ Kürbis.” Sweet Lee understood her question and answered with the German word for pumpkin.
On the way to the party, I did my usual inspection of the kids as we were getting up to leave the tram. Lee, our black cat, wasn’t wearing his tail. “Lee, where’s your tail?” He quickly trotted back and found it between the seats.
A few hours later, just as we got off the tram, Vinnie shouted most sincerely,
“Does everyone have their tail?”
The twins with serious faces reached back to double check.
It was hilarious.