Halloween is probably my favorite holiday ever. You get to dress up and eat candy... and there's pretty much nothing better than that.
Tonight I thought I was going to be all alone, which was something I wasn't looking forward to. My hubby is at work and all of my kids were taking off to do fun teenagery things. It was the first Halloween in a gajillion years that wasn't ridiculously over-the-top excited about.
Anyway, before I dropped my daughter and her BFF off at a party I gave my middle kid specific candy-handing-out instructions.
"If the doorbell rings answer it and give each kid two pieces so we don't run out, and when you leave make sure you lock up. Oh, and don't leave the candy sitting outside!!"
I had spent $21 on four bags of the 'good' candy and it barely filled up the bowl, so I wanted to make sure we didn't run out. He said ok and sat on the porch to hand out candy.
When I came back, not even 15 minutes later, he was still home. I walked up to see him putting a handful of candy in a little kids bag. And most of the candy was gone. I immediately got annoyed.
Once the trick-or-treaters left I started in on him. "WHY are you giving out handfuls of candy?!"
His explanation made my heart swell.
He proceeded to explain that when he was little he mostly got one or two dinky pieces of candy... but every once in a while someone would give him more than that. He's get a big candy bar or a whole handful of candy and it would make his whole night, so he just wanted to make these little kid's night special too.
In his sweet teenager way, he was paying it forward.
He then told me that he and his friend were staying in for the evening.
I apologized for jumping on him and told him that he did the right thing. I also let him know that I was proud of him for being so generous. Then I treated him and his friend to whatever they wanted at Starbucks.
On the way home we stopped and bought more candy for the trick-or-treaters I know aren't coming... I hope my baby enjoys that candy. He deserves it.
Like I said, there's nothing better than Halloween.
Pic by: Me