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Friday, October 30, 2015

Fun Friday - Trick or Treat – A parents night out

You can't go wrong with Dollar Store jewelry as part of your comedy ensemble.

As a child, at Halloween, my friends and I used to chant the phrase, “trick or treat smell my feet, give me something good to eat.” There were no tricks, only treats at the Evening of Elegance event hosted by the Women’s Ministry at my church. The event was open to everyone, but I viewed it as an opportunity for a parent's night out.

As a parent, how often do you take the opportunity to do something fun? If you had to think about your answer too long, it’s time to get out. Take the time to rejuvenate, relax and reward yourself. The opportunity presented itself for me to be on the program at our Evening of Elegance event. I took a leap of faith and signed up to entertain through comedy.

In search of something to wear to the event, I perused the selection of high fashion in my closet (not). I chose one of the long gowns that I wore in somebody’s wedding over the past ten years. On my way to the church I stopped by the Dollar Store and purchased my most precious jewelry…a plastic necklace with matching earrings. I couldn’t resist the old school candy necklace, so I wore them all.

Felling like the belle of the ball, I glided around the room with as much grace as I could muster up. This sometimes meant remembering not to walk hard like I was wearing combat boots instead of high heeled shoes with a platform. The room was transformed into a café type atmosphere with faux candles and colorful centerpieces on the tables.

Some of the youth from church served as waiters and waitresses. They took our orders from a predetermined menu of sandwiches, fruit, veggies and dessert. I tried to coax my sixteen-year-old son into attending the festivities with me, but he would rather stay home and do chores than to hang out with me. And that’s how my outing turned into a parent’s night out.

The entire event was a treat to those in attendance. There was guitar music, poetry reading, youth mime, singing and comedy (me). I’m not a comedian by trade, but as with my blog, I have plenty of stories of things that happen in the throes of parenting. I told my son that if he accompanied me to the event, I wouldn’t include him in any of my stories. He took his chances, he stayed home. I was bluffing anyway. Most of the stories included his brother.

Have you experienced a parent’s night out? What will you plan as you next outing?