Thursday, November 01, 2007

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Last night I had the full suburban experience as Trick-or-Treater after Trick-or-Treater rang the door bell. Just about every one cracked me up. I decided to let them grab their own candy, and it was so hilarious to observe either the self-regulation or unmitigated joy at the candy free-for-all. A lot of shouts from parents from the side walk: What do you say!?! and Thank you!!!! and once We're over here! when I asked two particularly young Trick-or-Treaters where their parents were. A lot of kids would say "How many can I have?" and when I started to run low on candy, I threw in some other stuff - plastic duckies, spider rings - some kids would pick these things up and then through them back in when they realized they weren't candy. A tiny fireman nearly fell down my stairs and then turned around and said, "I'm wearing my boots so I don't get hurt!" Very chatting little kid. Told me all about his adventures. Loved him. Mike and I had to turn out the lights and sneak out the back door for dinner when we ran out of candy. I figure about 50 kids came by.

BTW, today's the first day of NaNoWriMo, and I've posted, for your reading pleasure, my first chapter on my book blog!

8 comments:

kbmulder said...

HA! That sounds like it was a lot of fun. We had about 8 trick or treaters total. Disappointment:( Now we have way too much candy, which I made Andy take to work.

Carrie said...

The first year we lived in our condo we bought way too much candy too. L didn't want it laying around the house for the 24 hours it would take us to eat it all, so late in the evening he heard some kids talking. He called over the balcony, "Hey kids, I have candy." The kid didn't come up. After thinking about it, we did think he was acting a little creepy. Later one little guy came, and I gave him a whole bag. The rest went to work the next day.

No one rang the doorbell last night. Good thing; all they would have gotten was a protein bar!

Special K said...

Yeah, I shouted at some kids last year and got the same reaction. Nothing makes a parent grab their kid and run like a stranger yelling "Hey, Kid! Com'er! I've got some candy for ya!"

Kathy said...

That jack-o-lantern is disguuuuuusting! Is that a stock photo or did you actually set that one up?

Special K said...

Oh, it's a stock. Our pumpkins were ok looking, but squirrels ate them! ):

Anonymous said...

You don't allow anonymous comments on your book blog, so I'm posting my comments about your novel here.
Hey, that was great! It reminded me of Judy Blume's work - - very real, bringing the feelings of adolescence right back to the reader.
You found a good voice, keep going with it, and throw your energy into that, instead of writing all these blog postings about moronic TV-drivel that you have too much time to watch.

Special K said...

Oh ho, "anonymous poster" (if that IS your real name!) Thanks for the one two punch of complimenting my work and giving me my least favorite line: "You have too much time on your hands." I prefer "overly blessed with time to pursue my creative side and offer feminist critiques of popular culture during a period of unfortunate unemployment."

Anyway, I've opened up Bookish too all comments now. Didn't realize it was limited.

Kathy said...

I dunno--I kinda like the moronic TV drivel you write---its mostly better than the TV that inspires it. I like it.