Waiting for Halloween

October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

When you are six, this is what Halloween candy is for:

You go every day after school to see what kinds of candy you can buy. You examine the sizes, the varieties, the colors. You think very hard about what you like, what other kids like, what would be good to give to big kids and what would be fine for little kids.

You buy a little candy today, a little another day. You dump it all out on the floor each time you buy more. You admire it. You count it, you sort it, you think about whether you really have enough for all the kids.

You contemplate which kids might like which ones. You consider whether you should hand out these first or those, or whether you should mix them all up and just reach in and hand out which ever you grab.

You think about the candy in its big sack, in an unobtrusive corner. When other kids come over, you remember it but don’t mention it, because they might want some. And its not for eating. Not now.

You wait for Halloween to come. You wait and wait. You ask your Mom every day, how many weeks? How many days?

You might have to try one piece. Just one. After all, it’s your favorite.

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