Tricia had already laid in a fair supply of candy for the Trick or Treaters. What we didn’t realize was that our neighborhood is one of the ones where people drive for miles to let their kids go out for Halloween. The houses are in a suburban spacing, so the candy density is high. There is no outlet, so traffic is minimal. And many of the homeowners warmly welcome the little undercover urchins by offering full-sized bags of M&M’s or Snickers bars.
In fact in talking to our neighbor, his first question on Saturday was, “How much candy do you have?”
As Dad turned the corner out of the school yard, with his two charges in tow, he heard a duck quacking. Puzzled by this unusual sound, he began to scan the road around him, and then he saw it.
Almost directly across from him was a momma duck and a duckling. They were walking along the shoulder of the road, with Momma busily quacking. Where they had come from was not obvious to Dad, but wherever they were going, Momma seemed very determined to get there.