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We’re less than a week away from Halloween! If you had to design a costume that channeled your true, innermost self, what would that costume look like? Would you dare to wear it?

My life has been many different things, and my innermost self is a combination of those. I have been happy in the many roles I’ve played, and hope to still discover new ones. My temperament is generally pretty mild; I don’t get angry or upset easily, and if I do, it’s usually hidden away as internal tension. In other words, I’m not a very emotional person. I can, however, be creative.

I have been an employee (public relations), student (2 degrees), wife, mother, teacher, grandmother, cook, cleaner, and handywoman. I like to read, write, take photographs, do yoga, sew, and some other odd and ends. I have also designed some pretty awesome Halloween costumes, if I do say so myself.

Cookie Monster (purchased) with box of cookies (home-made)

Cookie Monster (purchased) with box of cookies (home-made)

For Halloween I would be a hat rack and adorn myself with all kinds of hats — the different hats I wear and change frequently, sometimes on a moment’s notice. I’d use a grey wig for the grandma figure — since my hair has only grey streaks in it; a chef’s hat; a nurse’s hat (all moms are nurses); a thinking cap (perhaps a hat with a light-bulb attached); a beret (for my artistic side); a knit cap that covers my ears for snowman building (I hate the cold); a chauffeur’s hat; a graduation cap; and a white painter’s hat (I’m the chief interior house painter in this household). I’d wear all brown clothing, hold my arms up, and pin the different hats to my arms.

Do I get to go trick or treating, too?