Turning lemons into lemonade is what moms do for their kids. One Halloween, mine turned raindrops into Snickers.
I was in third or fourth grade and anxiously preparing for Halloween. I don’t remember my exact costume, but I was probably a clown, Boy George, a rock star or a witch, since those made the rotation quite often.
With my giant orange plastic pumpkin bucket in hand, I was ready to set off for an evening of trick-or-treating. Mom promised to take me to the neighborhood with the big houses and full-size candy bars. I was gonna score some major sugar!
We took off under gray skies and in no time flat, the evening turned into a major thunderstorm. Black clouds, torrential rain, soaking wet costumed kids. It really was a mess.
I only had three or four candies in my plastic pumpkin and was pretty bummed. So, mom made it better. We headed to our favorite restaurant and ate tacos!
Tacos make everything better.
After dinner, I was still a little bummed about my lack of Halloween treats, so we went across the street to do some more trick-or-treating. At Hy-Vee. In the candy aisle.
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When I got home with my full pumpkin, my too-old-to-trick-or-treat teenage sister was shocked that I raked in so much sweet loot despite all the rain. I explained that a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do for some chocolate!
I don’t think mom and I ever told anyone else about our little side trip on Halloween night! Well, until now!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Until next time,
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