Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trick or Treat.

It's Halloween night in our North St. Louis County neighborhood. Supper has been eaten. The dishes have been washed. Lunch has been packed. Cindy, Fred and I are on the front porch, a picnic basket full of candy, waiting for the trick-or-treaters to begin descending upon us.

We've lived in Ferguson for eight years. The last few years the number of kids we see on Halloween seems to be steadily increasing. This year is no exception. We've noticed that were getting more kids than last year and, after an hour or so we were getting close to the end of our candy.

Then the bus pulled up. The doors of the bus opened and a group of women and kids of all ages begin pouring out, making a bee line for our house.



The last kid off the bus got the last piece of candy we had, and we began shutting down for the night.

A little later I had an opportunity to talk with one of the ladies from the bus. She said they were from a nearby shelter for battered women and children. Apparently, this was the first year they organized a Halloween bus excursion for their clients.

According to statistics, one in three women and children will suffer some sort of domestic or sexual abuse/violence in their lifetime. Many people think that it's primarily poor women and children that suffer this abuse. It is not. This statistic covers the gamut of income brackets.

There was probably 30 or 40 kids on that bus. All of them said 'thank you' and 'Happy Halloween' as we gave them each a piece of candy. They were all smiling. So were the women. As I stated earlier, the last kid got the last piece of candy.

Things worked out perfectly for them, and us, last night. As I thought about it later it seemed that it was meant to be that way. Cindy and I said our prayers, went to bed, and drifted off to sleep.

We should always remember two things:

1 - Kindness costs nothing.
2 - Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

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