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Riding a horse is a wonderful time to think. Because I am old (62 years) I thought about October childhood memories. I am one of the few original Austinites still living in Austin. In the summer, we ran free with the real “kids on the block”, bare foot, and going from home to home for snacks, water, and games. Air conditioning was something no one had. My elementary school was Gullett Elementary. We had no air conditioning so October brought cool breezes though our classrooms and homes. October always makes me think of Halloween. In the old days we raided our closets for costumes. My parents never thought of purchasing a costume. We were hobos, witches, and so much more, straight out of stuff we found in our homes.
My thoughts turned to my own children, now grown, and some of the things we did to hopefully create good memories for them. We always let them pick out a pumpkin to carve. Like many boys, our son always wanted the biggest one he could carry. Our daughter, more artistic, wanted one that was the perfect shape. Much time was spent on making the right costume. Sometimes that “costume” required sewing, sometimes we raided Dad’s and Mom’s closet, and sometimes our batman pj’s were just the thing.
Jango and I had a great ride. We found Curly, a new calf that I named “Little Spot” and along with my ride, I had a very nice trip down memory lane. I have learned that making memories with your child is something you will never regret. There will always be something you wish you had done, but the more you do with your child, the less you will regret. We see our adult children almost every day because our lives intersect often. It makes me happy that they want to be a part of our daily life. Holiday traditions help cement the memories of your family even if the time comes when you can’t see them daily.
Add to your child’s memories with as many fun experiences as you can. Because I am a Mad Scientist, I am always thinking of ways to have fun with children and science. Here are some ideas that you can do to include a little science in your child’s October
About the Author Jan Fiebig (Mad Jan) owns and operates Mad Science of Austin & San Antonio with her husband Radical Robert. When Jan is not “edu”taining Central Texas with Mad Science, you might find her riding her handsome horse Jango or training her beautiful dog Belle.