Why do I like being in Wichita? It’s because of weeks like this one. A week ago, our church had a Trunk or Treat event in the evening and we went to see how inventive the trunk decorators were, as well as to watch the kids and parents in costume. Everyone seemed to have a good time and the weather couldn’t have been more ideal. The same was true for Monday evening, Halloween night. I remember times when we had to dress the kids in warm clothes both under and on top of their costumes. The effect just isn’t the same with an added coat. We haven’t been anywhere to have trick or treaters since the very early 1990s, when my nephew brought his children by our house. We were kind of the dark, spooky house set back behind a tall fence and even with a porch light, it was rather forbidding. We sold that house in 2010 and have always been in our RV, mostly in a rural setting, on Halloween since then. Our grandkids came by, but no one else. This year, though, we had a small but steady stream of kids of all sizes for a couple of hours. One set of parents even got in the spirit, dressing up as Caesar and Cleopatra.
LeRoy was raised in Cherokee, OK and while very few of his friends still live there, we are just up the road from some he considers to be good friends to this day. Steve Schiffner and his wife came from Oklahoma City Saturday just to spend time with us. What a fun time! Of course, our house is new to everyone, so we showed them around and told them what our future plans are for the place. While they were here, granddaughter Jordan and her family stopped by to visit and we all went to lunch together. I didn’t get pictures of Schiffners but couldn’t resist our great granddaughters. Not sure why their daddy didn’t make the pictures, but Marc was there, too. Nothing makes me much happier than to have my grandkids come to see us!
Ben was here on Thursday and we went to lunch with him. Since we talked to him, he has accepted a new job in Ellsworth, KS where Marc and Jordan live, as a corrections officer at the facility there. No picture of him, but these grown grands don’t change as much as the littles!
Most of our grandkids have birthdays that fall between January and April, except for one. Jadelyn’s birthday is November 8, so we have traditionally left for warmer weather on the 9th! This year, her 18th birthday, comes at a particularly busy time for her, so we celebrated with her and the rest of the local family at our house! THAT’S why I like being in Wichita!