My brother feels concern about my posting about his celebration of Halloween. I am going to embarrass him even more by commenting on it. I feel my brother has an incredible exuberance for, love of, and participation in life. He throws himself whole-heartedly into everything that celebrates and is a gift for others, especially our beloved Katy. That her Halloween party would lead to such an exuberant celebration is something that I want to celebrate. I want to give permission to us all to enter so wholly into life. I am reminded of the Marianne Williamson quote, that our shining gives permission to others to do the same.
I was blessed in my parents. I was thinking that yesterday. The veil between the living and the dead is thin these days, and I was sitting, thinking, of how grateful I am for my mother and father. I remember my 16th birthday party. My father went as exuberantly into that, as my brother did this Halloween party for Katy. I think it is to celebrate all the ways that love flows from one to another and round and round. Why else do we have a day to honor the dead? It is a way to give thanks and celebrate that the bones they gave are still here, and we can dance through their light.