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It’s just days before Halloween.

I don’t know what is happening at your house…but at our house one familiar line pops up every year, “What am I going to be?”

My kids range from the ages of 15 – 23, and we are still having that conversation.

“Mom!  What am I going to be?”

This year I suggested a witch, a gorilla, Where’s Waldo…

Yes, for all of you who are raising young children, you will still be having that conversation at this time every year for the rest of your life.  It’s part of the code of motherhood.  Costume making.  It never goes away.

There is something about transforming yourself into something else for one day every year.

I don’t think you ever grow out of it.

But sometimes, when my kids ask that question, I so badly want to set aside all of the million costume ideas I can think of and answer with the familiar quote from Abraham Lincoln.

“Help Mom!  What am I going to be?”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”  –Abraham Lincoln

It’s an answer that lasts for more than just one day a year.  It’s life encompassing.

And it’s worth pondering.

Because every single day we get to make the choice of who we are, and who we want to be.

Today, whatever you decide,

Be a good one!



Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Peter Potential: Discover the Life you Were Meant to Live; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and Written On Our Hearts. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of coconut ice cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.
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