Behold (from left!), a fat old man, a wizard, a mushroom and very sad overwhelmed Bailey. The poor child struggled with her costume this year, losing a key feature and being unwilling to switch gears and then dissolving into a puddle of tears and anxiety. It was sad and also super frustrating. I yelled something terrible like, “Just put on any god damn costume!” and caused more tears and fear. A terrible parenting moment that I feel bad about. Jessica, who always rises in crisis, helped Bailey calm down and came up with a truly extraordinary costume. A leaf bag! Complete with real leaves and an accompanying rake. And then the night went off swimmingly. Thank you to Bailey for being flexible and especially to Jessica for saving the Halloween day (night).