So it's Halloween again. The day you're forced by social convention to put up with other people's children. A task I that I've been putting up with for years without complaint, but I'm starting to see my patience wane when dealing with some of these brats. Now please believe I'm not trying to seem angry or bitter towards these children. However if any of these kids got hit by a car on the way home, I don't think I could muster a tear.
Aside from the aggravating children, the highlight of the night was seeing my son in action. He's finally old enough that he gets the concept of Halloween, and it was wonderful to see. Armed with his Elmo basket and pirate costume, he went up to our neighbor's doors without fear. And while he may not have gotten out a "trick or treat" to everyone, they all did receive an unprompted "Thank You".
We walked two blocks, and had a ball the entire time. He then came back home with me, and helped give out candy for the rest of the night. A task I believe he enjoyed more than trick or treating. It was at this point that my pride in him reached to a new high, and my loathing for some of these other kids sank to a new low.
One particular low point was compliments of a little girl who appear to be around 8 or 9 years old. Now to set the stage a little, it needs to be known that in addition to candy, my wife and I give out glow sticks. Our neighborhood has some heavy traffic, and no street lights. So once the sun goes down, we make every child in a dark costume take a glow stick so they can be seen by oncoming cars.
So while I was giving this future pole professional a glow stick, she attempted to dictate which one she would receive. At first she demanded one our "lighting" glow sticks, the more expensive ones we use to light our walk. I handed her a small one, and told he she can have this one. Her response was to demand a different color, to which I replied "then you can have nothing". She huffed, and begrudgingly accepted the one I offered, while mumbling under her breath "I don't know why the others aren't for sale". So I proceed to explain to her the difference between an item for sale, and something is giving her for nothing. The was quickly followed by the phrase, "now take what I give you and leave".
Not the most neighborly thing to do, but my mother in law was laughing for a while. The fact of the matter is, that I don't take that kind of bullshit from my own children, so I'm definitely not going to tolerate it from some stranger's ungrateful little brat. I mean this girls attitude was worse than my 2 year old, and he was an hour passed his bed time. Oh well, I guess that doesn't matter.
Aside from a handful of other incidents similar to this, it was a nice evening. Although I'm pretty certain, I'm gaining a reputation as the mean old man on the block. If that's true, then I don't think I could be any prouder of it.