PATRICIA COLODNER: Family Costume
Colodner's world was shaped by her parents' divorce when
she was just 2. So when she got married in 1990, she was
determined to be the best parent she could be and offer
"complete, unconditional devotion" to her family,
recalled her husband, Warren.
The Colodners have two children, a 9-year-old girl and
a 2-year-old boy. Mrs. Colodner, 39, who was a secretary
at Marsh & McLennan, was an organized, outgoing
person who created a nurturing atmosphere for the
children filled with music, laughter, bicycle rides and
excursions Ð to parks, museums, zoos, parades. She
was particularly fond of Halloween, because she got to
dress up with the children, and was partial to vampire
get-ups; her daughter preferred the princess look.
This year, the children are still going to go
trick-or-treating, but with their dad, who plans to wear
a costume, too, so that he can carry on his wife's
legacy. Before Sept. 11, the boy planned to dress up as a
pumpkin. Now he wants to be a fireman, he says, because
he wants to save his mommy.