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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Candy-Seeking Children of Adams Morgan Fail to Appall

Our block closes for Halloween so children can shake residents down for candy without fearing for their lives in the 6-8 p.m. dash for the last available parking space. The residents of our co-op do something of a tailgate for the evening, lounging on the front walk with candy for the kids, thus avoiding the horror of peanut-butter-and-chocolate-smeared ruffians running roughshod through our building. So color me surprised that of the hundreds of kids who made their way to our walk, a full 85 percent of them were polite--at the very least mumbling a thank you or "Happy Halloween." Not being one for the kiddies normally (I just don't have that much to talk to them about) I was pleasantly surprised. This would not extend to the little cheerleader making her second pass at our generosity who instructed me as if she was in the midst of a bank heist to "Hurry up, before that dog comes over." Nor the two full-grown adults walking around with backpacks to get candy, gesturing vaguely to a child in the melee who may or not have been theirs. All in all though, a delightful evening.

*Special props to the boy who couldn't have been more than 10 or 11 walking around in a horror mask and carrying a bag that had "Bush's Foreign Policy" scrawled on it. Even better? His mother insisted it was his idea, not hers.


Anonymous Sweet said...

Yeah the kids who came to my door had great manners. It was nice to see.

3:31 PM  
Blogger JoJo said...

I hid from the kids in my hood.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Ashburnite said...

haha..."Bush's Foreign Policy."

future politician perhaps???

9:12 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I didn't have a single kid come to my door. I don't know what that says about my neighborhood.

1:14 PM  

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