Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat

As we stood outside the barn this morning soaking in the sunlight, Glen asked, "Is it supposed to be nice today, or is this just a trick?"

I told him I hadn't seen the forecast but we were sure due for a sunny day. Furthermore, a dry day would make trick or treating a lot easier.

The morning sun was no trick. We had a beautiful day here. I actually had to dig out my sunglasses for our trick or treating adventure. I can't remember the last time I needed them to drive.

Trick or treating this year was a blast. Last year, we tested milk on Halloween so Dan and I got a late start. After the second stop, Dan fell asleep in his carseat, putting an end to our trick or treating.

It also helped that Halloween fell on a Saturday this year. We were able to fit our outing in between chores. Monika didn't quite know what to make of all the hoopla, but Dan was beside himself with excitement. He practiced saying "trick or treat" all week and listed all of our planned stops several times for me.

However, when we got to the nursing home to visit his great-grandparents and the other residents, Dan turned into 'timid mouse'. He would only whisper "trick or treat" and "thank you". His bashfulness didn't impair his candy-seeking, though. He walked politely up each of the residents and held out his basket. I'm not sure who was more delighted, Dan or the residents.

A sunny day. Happy kids. Making people smile. It really was a treat of a day.

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