The reason for this creation is that it is to be used as a game for our church’s “trunk or treat” held in the church parking lot tonight. The legs that are attached to the frame causes the board to be at about a 35 degree angle when placed on a horizontal surface and this makes it good target board used for tossing ‘missiles’ into the cutouts for the eyes and/or mouth. These ‘missiles’ are ball-like affairs made with a soft squishy rubber material. The object of this game and the entire occasion is to simply help the young ones have fun and hand out the traditional candy in a safe environment.
After completing this game board, I made the ‘mistake’ of showing it to my younger daughter (YD). She then mentioned the fact that her son – and my grandson (GM3) – was having a party in their kindergarten class and this would be a great game for them. I took the ‘hint’. There was enough of the panel left to make a somewhat scaled down version of the first one. Both of the jack-o’-lantern similes looked fairly decent, the second even better than the first – from experience gained maybe?
Someone else was furnishing the ‘missiles’ for the game that went to the church but I had to scout around for some sort of throwing objects for GM3’s board. Calling around, I found a store that sold beanbags, the ideal ‘missile’ for this age group. These could be bought as singles or a pack of 12 – I got the pack since these could be used for other games. The pack label called them ‘bean’ bags but the small label on each one identified the contents as ‘100% sand’ – but that was OK too.
This morning YD picked up the game board and ‘bean’ bags and left GM4 and GM6 with us so she could help out with the party at kindergarten. When later picking the young ones back up, she said that the kids enjoyed the game and the party. This event was tinged with sadness because one of the kindergarten girls had passed away while at the after school care last Friday.
The young lady had a congenital heart defect that had been repaired earlier in her life and her parents thought everything was OK. While walking across the gym floor, she stopped, sat down, lay down on the floor and died right there. One of her relatives worked there and did CPR on the little girl but she did not revive – hospital personnel told them later that no amount of effort would have helped.
Life is so fragile and yet so many live their lives much like the jack-o’-lantern boards I built – just a façade with nothing behind it or like the pumpkin version with spiritual emptiness inside. The reason this is so sad is that Jesus made a way for us to have forgiveness and happiness that we can have for the choosing but so many choose to try to live without God. Humans without God make a mess of life every time. ec