Beth Siegalkoff

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is celebrated the second full week in October. Got kids in school? Then, you get to let them “take you to lunch” today. And you’re going to love it.

Go to your child’s school and join them for lunch in the school cafeteria. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? But actually, that’s the point. You get to see the hopefully healthy lunch they are getting at school, check out the environment in the cafeteria, and perhaps engage with the cafeteria staff about the quality of food your child eats each day. You will have to check with the school administrators to see if they participate in this increasingly popular program. We also suggest you discuss this with your kids first.

This day may only work with lower grade levels. Even then, some kids may be embarrassed to have mom and dad show up in the lunchroom. But most kids love it, they get to show the parents their school and what happens there – kind of like a real live “Parent Show and Tell”.

For older children, this could be a special time to catch up with mom and dad. Take them to their favorite restaurant, or a favorite restaurant you went to as a family. Make it a good time without any negative conversation. Who knows, this could be the start of a new tradition and a boatload of memories?

As to who pays, I’ll leave that up to you, and your parents.

Remember when I wrote about how the holidays would soon be upon us? Well, Halloween is in 18 days, Daylight Saving Time starts in 25 days (one hour of extra sleep really sounds good about now), 43 days until Thanksgiving, and 73 shopping days until Christmas. Where did the time go?

Not only is time slipping by, but now I hear on the news that there will be a shortage of decorations, popular gifts and toys because there are ships with containers filled with all that stuff backed up, trying to get in the ports to unload, and there are also very few dock workers available to unload.

So, you have better get to collecting those Christmas lists early, so you can get your shopping done early because, if you don’t, you may be handing out seriously inflated IOUs for Christmas.

Speaking of Halloween, there are some great outside home decorations about the country. There is a 12-foot skeleton on Twin Cities Road on the drive out to Herald. Ripken Way has been infested with spiders, furry ones and a huge inflatable green one and other inflatable black cats, witches, Frankensteins, ghosts and goblins, etc., and there are the real lifelike witches, ghost, skeletons, zombies, etc., that are roaming the neighborhoods all through the town of Galt. And pumpkins are everywhere, every size – from huge pumpkin inflatables to wheelbarrows full of all sizes and colors. I think we are all so done with being inside, wearing masks and social distancing that this Halloween we will be busting out the seams with decorations, and Trick or Treaters will be running house to house to gather candy, like squirrels gathering nuts – just to prove we are on our way to getting back to normal.

Recipe of the day: Pumpkin Flower Soup

Flower of the day: Violets

Dates to Remember:

Oct. 16 – Boss’s Day

Oct. 29 – Dairy Bowl Football – Liberty Ranch at Galt High

Oct. 31 – Halloween

Nov. 7 – End of Daylight-Saving Time – turn your clock back one hour

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 12 – No school for the Estrellita, Galt High and Liberty Ranch High

Nov. 22-26 – Thanksgiving Vacation

Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving – you can gobble until you hobble

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.