Writer Erin O'Brien comments on all things human.
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.
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.
Damn, I didn't know about this tradition. Maybe if I advertise it next year I'll get more trick-or-treaters.
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.
That is the most awesome thing I've read all day.p.s. do you do NaNoWriMo?
Wow, I'm dressing up as a Dad next year and swinging by your place.
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.James
Nobody offered me a dad pop last night and I must have been to half a million houses with my kid.
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.erf!
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.
God bless you, Erin.And God bless the United States of America.
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.
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