Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dad pops

I still hand out cold beers to lone dads who have trail a whole herd of screaming trick-or-treaters. I'm old school that way.


danb said...


Hah. Gotcha.

Dan said...

I love you, O'Brien. I mean, the whole notion of you handing out these treats brings a tear to my eye and makes me realize America is full of good and true people.

Erin O'Brien said...

The delivery is the beautiful part. I drop candy into each sac as the dad languishes in the background, hands in pockets and head tilted to one side, eyes forlornly cast down--a defeated look all around.

Just before he turns to follow the kids as they run screaming down the drive, I say, "Dad pop?"

I only sold one tonight, but still--I am keeping the American Way alive.

kilax said...

Damn, I didn't know about this tradition. Maybe if I advertise it next year I'll get more trick-or-treaters.

Paul said...

One year, my dad hadn't quite finished sipping at his bourbon when it was time to take me trick or treating. Some of the neighbors offered to top it off for him. To this day, he says it was his best Halloween ever.

Loops O'Fury said...

That is the most awesome thing I've read all day.

p.s. do you do NaNoWriMo?

Carla said...

Wow, I'm dressing up as a Dad next year and swinging by your place.

james2285 said...

Yea i do the same (even though i don't drink anymore) I give out the wife's beer. The moms never seem to want any but dads love it.

Velvet Fog said...

Nobody offered me a dad pop last night and I must have been to half a million houses with my kid.

Erin O'Brien said...

Kilax: I'll bet they'll be lining the block to belly up. In fact, just let the kids go on by themselves and party with the beerdads.

Paul: When I was really little, my dad used to stop at every other house and have a drink. By the end of the night, he'd had seven or eight drinks and I'd have as many pieces of candy. Can you imagine if you did that today? They'd put you in front of a firing squad.

Loops: Thanks. I do not nano. Mebbe I ought to look into it.

Carla: You don't even have to dress up. Forlorn looking moms can have beers too.

James: Yours is an excellent comment. I love how you said "wife's beer." I love how you said "moms" and "dads."

Fog: I'm sorry, baby, even if I am laughing at the concept of Fog: Dad of The Million House Trick or Treat.


ben said...

If I'd known, I would have swung by.

I mean, what's another 1,300 miles, after all the walking we did last night?

You rock.

Kris said...

God bless you, Erin.

And God bless the United States of America.

Erin O'Brien said...

Ben: No worries, I'll be here next year.

Kris: I'm trying to do my part to restore the International Image of these Great United States of America. I'm even running for president.