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Desperate for Free Candy?

Last night, I was given one of the lamest comments ever.

It all started when my doorbell rang for the upteenth time.

Oh sure, the kids were adorable.  I enjoyed seeing their excitement as I opened the door with my bucket of candy in hand.

They loved peeking through the broken window shade and looking at the dogs too.

What got me, though, was one such door-opening.

I found an adorable little child.

I can’t remember if the child was a girl or a boy or even if the child was sitting in a stroller.

What I do remember is handing a piece of candy to the child and the child’s little friend.

Moms were standing at the door too.

No problem.

Moms accompany wee children when trick-or-treating.


After I handed one of the babies his/her candy, one of the moms opened up a bag and said, “”Mommy is taking donations too. It’s for the fetus.”

I stood there with my mouth hanging open in shock.

First of all, the woman did not look pregnant.

Of course, neither did I way back when, but I was lucky if I weighed 100 pounds soaking wet.

So, who was I to judge.

Still, her comment was too forthright for my taste, and her demeanor was that of expectation, not askance.

I did not know what to say.

This was one of those times when I wished I’d been given the gift of a quick wit.

I did raise my eyebrows and say, “That’s the first time I’ve heard that one,” before sticking one smooshed piece of chocolate in her bag.

I also gave her the stank eye as I closed the door.

I posted the comment on Facebook, and one of my teaching friends, who happens to live in the neighborhood across the street from me, told me she believed she’d gotten the same woman at her door.  She’d also gotten the same spiel.


Some people really have nerve, let me tell you.

If her child had not been there, I don’t know what I’d have done…probably not even opened the door.

Honestly, I think I would still be dumfounded by the brazenness of it all.

This peeves me because I’ve always considered myself trusting of people.

Obviously, I’m too naive.

I’m not into giving handouts.

I’ll splurge on things for the babies I teach, but mamas who are looking for free candy?

Give me a break.

Go ring some other fool’s door.




Next year, I may not even turn on the light.

Adults can be so stupid and ruin good, clean, honest fun.

Thanks for spoiling it for the rest of us.

2 Responses

  1. I believe that would tick me off too! I’m glad we didn’t get any like that. In fact, most of ours were probably age 12 and under. I only saw 2 older teens come through and at least they were dressed up, so it wasn’t bad at all.

  2. I’m a Halloween Scrooge and refuse to hand out candy. I had a post about it yesterday.

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