- The crew of college-age kids who swayed up to my door belting out Sweet Caroline with fabulous emphasis on the Bum-bum-bum! parts.
- The little girl across the street who explained every part of her costume to me in great detail and with fantastic enthusiasm.
- The middle schooler at the end of the night who came back for a second handful after I said he could take as much as he wanted. He asked with a please.
- The two teenagers who came up without costumes and sheepishly put out their hands while staring at their shoes. They put their candy in their pockets. I said, "You're doing this wrong. If you're going to hit this neighborhood, you need big bags because you're going to score." Huge smiles and thank-yous and have a nice Halloweens.
- The lady who came up with her toddler and an infant in a Bjorn carrier, who reached out for a Reese's "for the baby." Life is short, Mom. Take the candy.
- The two teenagers who dressed themselves in moving boxes to go out for the night. "Do you know the difference between big kids and little kids," I asked. They looked nervous. "Y'all meander. Little kids run. They know where it's at." We decided next year calls for smaller boxes so they can run too.
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I'm a common-sense writer. Can't diagram a sentence to save my life but believe firmly in writing by feel. It's served me well through more than 20 years as a successful professional writer. It's the more natural way to write!