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Such cute pictures you sent of your dog’s Halloween costume! I heartily approve of how you are having fun and using your considerable creative talents. I am certain if you take your dog out on Halloween she will get more treats than her tiny body can manage.

In rural Texas we don’t get trick or treaters. If kids were to actually walk from door to door, they would have to walk three miles to get six houses, the only calorie burning trick-or-treat experience available. Kids in town and in the suburbs go door to door.

Saturday we went to a costume party. I decided the rubber crown that came with my queen costume was too rubbery and the large plastic jewels were, you guessed it, too plastic. I made a floral crown from silk flowers, which converted the whole outfit into the look of an innocent damsel. A friend dubbed me Guinevere, the lady of Sir Lancelot. I went with it, even though my actual Lancelot was dressed in a cowboy hat and boots. As you know, that’s the usual, not a costume.

It can be fun and freeing to be in costume. You don’t have to be yourself. Instead you can pretend to be someone else. I pretended to be more brave and confident than I actually am. Your small dog will pretend to be an underfed mongrel, so she will have fun too.

Pretending helps us try on new personas. If we envision being different, pretending is a first step in making an adjustment to who we are or how we carry ourself in the world. I thought it would be fun to be a benevolent queen, stately and confident. I didn’t exactly pull that off, but envisioning a costume helped me uncover some ways in which I wanted to grow.

Imagine a costume for yourself. What attracts you to it? Does that envisioning reveal anything about the directions you would like to grow? Share characters you would like to try on, if you’d like.

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