Over the years, JC and I have grown weary of the constant barrage of questions in the weeks following Halloween. Can I have a piece of candy? Will you put a piece of candy in my lunchbox? Can I have a piece of candy before breakfast? Why can't I have a piece of candy before breakfast? Can I have another piece of candy? When can I have a piece of candy? Will we get to eat candy after dinner? You get the picture. To solve this problem, for the last few years, we have had the "Halloween Witch" come to visit us. The girls each get to pick out a dozen pieces of candy to keep. Then Halloween night, the Halloween witch comes, takes the candy, and leaves a couple books for each girl. It is sort of Tooth Fairy-ish but without the whole "under the pillow" nonsense. This year, the Halloween Witch didn't quite have her act together, so the girls woke to find this letter from her:
Dear Elise, Nina, and Addison,
I want to apologize for your books not being here this morning. My week has been absolutely wretched! That ferocious Hurricane Sandy wiped out half of my book supply! My book storage area flooded, and the books I had chosen for you were under water! Tragic! Simply Tragic! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about all those poor books.
It is taking me some time to go back through my list and acquire new books to replace all the ones that were destroyed in the flood. I hope to have that project finished by this weekend, and I will be back with your books then.
I hope you will forgive me. I just feel horrid about all this! Please keep 3 more pieces of candy... that is the least I can do. I will be back as soon as I can with your books.
The Halloween Witch
The girls seemed to feel her excuse was reasonable and were happy to get to keep three more pieces of candy. Then Nina declared, "Well, now we know for sure that the Halloween witch isn't you and dad since you guys weren't in the hurricane and don't have a book storage area that flooded!"
Ah... so true, so true. I like the way she thinks.