If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13
I got egged last night. (Halloween)
Well, I was the intended target. And I kind of deserved it.
See, I didn’t get home until 9, but I’d left our outside lights on. I wonder how many eager kids rang our doorbell only to be answered by the frustrated “woofs” of our big bear of a dog, Charlie?
Actually, that’s part of the reason I wasn’t home. I just couldn’t picture a whole night of dog eruptions every two minutes. And I hadn’t bought any candy, and we live in a new subdivision, and I didn’t know if there would be many kids anyway. Last year I gained 5 pounds from the leftovers. Either I’d have a Charlie-induced headache from too many kiddies, or I’d have a sugar-induced headache from eating too much candy because there weren’t enough kiddies.
So I went to a movie. God forgive me, I abdicated my role and responsibility as an American homeowner. Instead, I sat by myself in a theater and watched a special screening of Ghostbusters, one of my favorite movies from my late childhood. It brought back some great Halloween memories. (Too bad I wasn’t making some for somebody else.)
When I pulled up at 9, I was sure all the trick-or-treaters would be done, but our street was still filled with the sounds of teenagers making their late-night rounds. Sheepishly I pulled into the garage, walked into the house, and turned off the outside lights. I still didn’t have any candy. Time to pretend I wasn’t home.
Then the siege began. If you can call it that.
A handful of neighborhood boys had clearly seen me arrive home and douse the lights. They wanted revenge. I sat in the dim light of my dining room, my traumatized dog beside me, and I could hear them circling the house, talking.
“He’s in there. I think I can see him.”
“Where’s my egg?”
“No guys, look! That’s him through the window!”
At this point, Charlie could take no more. He bellowed mightily and the boys screamed off into the night. Charlie and I couldn’t help but grin at each other, like the Grinch and his dog Max.
An hour later, Jan was home, and she let our dog out to do his business. He returned inside with something in his mouth. A whole egg, complete and intact. Those poor boys got neither treat nor trick from me this year.
I did not feel satisfaction at this notion. Suddenly, I felt terrible! I had missed Halloween.
How many times do you have the opportunity to give gifts to your neighbors? To have them standing at your front door? I blew it, and I knew it. If I could find those guys I’d tell them I’ve learned my lesson. Instead, I’ll have to prove it to them.
Next year, I’m gonna be the best house on the street. I may even get full-sized candy bars to pass out! (And toothbrushes?) I’ve been reminded that caring for the children is my responsibility, too. God wants me to give good gifts to these children, just as God has given good gifts to me.
Sorry, kids, you didn’t manage to get any egg on my house, but I assure you…
There’s plenty on my face.
Have a Great Week,
photos by Jepster, Julep67