It rained last night in Northern Virginia. Definitely not the kind of weather you want to see on Halloween. Kids that were out were down because they had to wear waterproof garb over their costumes, or carry umbrellas. Bummer.
There was one child that really stood out in last night's lackluster Halloween procession to my front door. It was a little boy trick-or-treating with his sister, accompanied by his Dad. This youngster had turned lemons into lemonade. As I opened the door and greeted them, this young man (no more than four years old) put his little hand out with an upside down, fairly large frog to show me. It wasn't moving so I thought it was plastic.
Nope! It moved. It was real.
I asked his father if he knew the "friend" that his son was traveling with. The father replied, "He found him hopping on someone's driveway and he's had him in his bucket ever since."
While other kids were lamenting about the weather, the weather had actually given this little one a special friend. And I as gave two pieces of candy for being so kind to the frog, he put his new found buddy on top of the candy and headed off. He was the happiest child I'd seen all night.
That is a trick-or-treater I'll never forget! Just goes to show you that despite the bad stuff that tends to surround us lately, if you look close enough, there are great opportunities out there.