Well it turned out to be a perfect night for trick or treating. No rain, nice and warm...fantastic.
Despite being a bit sick, we decided to take the girls out for a quick tour of the neighbourhood to see what we could scour up. I'm very impressed with my girls tonight.
Noli made it for about a block and a half, maybe two blocks then she decided that she had enough. So she hopped in the stroller and lounged for most of the rest of the night. Evie was raring to go and demonstrated such empathy and consideration for Noli that I couldn't help but be impressed. At each stop, she advocated for Noli, her poor little sister who wasn't feeling well and of her own initiative collected candy for her. Then when she decided her bag was full enough, she took Noli's bag door to door as she felt Noli didn't have enough on account of her stopping after a block and a bit.
She pretended to be Balto, the heroic sled-dog who braved harsh conditions in 1925 to deliver diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, who badly needed it to save some of Nome's citizens, particularly its young people. Of course Noli was the sick child and the candy the serum. Evie bravely trudged along though her legs grew tired and her arms weary from carrying her burden...until she decided that Noli finally had enough candy. Then it was time to go home.
We weren't out very long at all...my wife and I had to confirm that they in deed wanted to go home. It surprises me that they have the wherewithal to know when they've had enough - despite the availability of untold amounts of candy. There's often the temptation to project our own thoughts and feelings onto a child (don't they know we could have gotten so much more candy?) but to what end. I was worried that they would miss out...but really how wise of them is it to be content with the amount that they deemed enough without spending time on extra candy that they don't want and certainly don't need? Ah, lessons learned from kids...if only we could always be content with "enough" without constantly striving for more. How much more at peace would we be? It's something to think about.