As we reach back in time to gaze at the flapper dancer, the blond and brunette in elegant white with matching hat, high heels, a mysterious spy and a lady with a parasol ready to attend dinner on the Titanic, who are they today?
Moving from left to right in the show, the timeless flapper is an accomplished artist who graduated from DePaul University and is taking courses to become a teacher in early childhood education.
The middle blond with high heels is a talented photographer, writer and studied at Columbia College in Chicago while working in the health care field.
While the formidable little one who loved hats is currently an Assistant Director of Special Events for our fighting Illini and a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Further through the show of photos, is the covert, mysterious spy ready to investigate any situation, a young man today, who can take a computer apart, put back together in perfect balance and works as an Aquatic Specialist.
Finally, the lovely girl with her parasol descending the staircase to attend her first magical dinner on the Titanic for a birthday, a graduate from Truman State University in Texas and working as a Human Resource Specialist at Nestle.
And, for the most part, I have watched them grow from their beginnings; all very different from the days of lets dress up and Halloween.
Each one has a commonality; and,yes, that is growing up together for a time and that experience did help build their personality even as some moved on to other places. But while establishing their own territory, sometimes not easy, they found themselves and what they would like to achieve. They have an inner faith and confidence, that they may question but their passionate energy is in their eyes. They have smiles that are not easily forgotten because they are sincere in their pursuits. They care for themselves and their responsibility to others. They make a difference to someone else everyday whether they know it or not.
Ultimately, they have meaning. Looks like they made it!
And what about me? On Halloween, I will remember when… of years past with a probable tear for their innocence but more emotion spent for their success at becoming adults. I will cherish each of these young adults in my thoughts while I pass out candy to the neighborhood little ones who have the same hopes, fantasies and dreams for an exciting future to come.
Happy Halloween to the children of today and yesteryear, of course!