The Halloween Gift

I’ll admit: It was a little intimidating coming up with Szaba’s Halloween costume after Sue set the bar so high last year. Szaba was a mere 3.5 months, and Sue was coming out to spend the holiday with us.

I knew she was excited about the getaway, even though she had been feeling really crummy. To help her feel better—and frankly, to take something off of my plate as the mom of a newborn—I asked her to come up with Szaba’s first Halloween costume. I only had one stipulation: not something typically “girlie,” something aspirational.

I knew Sue wouldn’t disappoint, but I had no idea how creative she’d get.

Szaba was the world’s cutest mini Amelia Earhart. Every detail was taken care of, from the brown leather bomber jacket down to the khaki flyer pants and brown aviator boots, topped off with goggles and a hat-and-scarf set that Sue hand-knit herself.

So this year … what to do … what to do? I finally decided I would stick with Sue’s “inspiring woman in history” theme and finally landed on

Marie Curie! You may know her as the Noble Prize winner who discovered radium and polonium, but she’s also the person responsible for pioneering cancer radiation treatments. I found that fitting.

I think you’d get a kick out of it, Sue. Thanks for leaving me with this fun, creative challenge. You always did know just how to entertain and inspire me. And I can’t wait to show Szaba these pictures and share this story with her when she’s older.

Do you have any holiday traditions you carry on in honor of a loved one? I’d love to hear about it.

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