Its (sic) Everyone’s Halloween

Charlie Brown Halloween "I got a rock"

I got a rock …

I saw this on a friend’s Facebook wall the other day:

With Halloween upon us, please keep in mind, a lot of little people will be visiting your home. Be accepting. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy may have motor planning issues. The child who does not say trick or treat or thank you may be non-verbal. The child who looks disappointed when they see your bowl might have an allergy. The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have a sensory issue (SPD) or autism. Be nice. Be patient. Its everyone’s Halloween.

This made me want to scream. Civilization as we know it may be near its end when we reach this level of political correctness.

I mean, really? The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills. Sure. He or she may also be a greedy little ill-mannered brat. I’ve watched kids grab in the candy bowl, and none  showed the tentative, fearful demeanor that would indicate distress over a lack of fine motor skills.

The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy may have motor planning issues. Or, he may just be so picky that he doesn’t like anything you’re offering.

The child who does not say trick or treat or thank you may be non-verbal. Wow. Amazing that so many non-verbal kids are out trick-or-treating! I don’t seem to observe them at other times of the year, although after opening Christmas and birthday gifts a whole lot more non-verbal kids do tend to show up.

The child who looks disappointed when they see your bowl might have an allergy. Or, she might be bummed that you’re not handing out full-size candy bars.

The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have a sensory issue (SPD) or autism. Or, he might be a teen who wanted a boatload of candy but didn’t want to make the effort to dress up to get it.

Happy Halloween, everyone (because its, er, it is, after all, everyone’s Halloween). Wishing you all more than just a rock.

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Its (sic) Everyone’s Halloween

  1. I’ve found that frequently “non-verbal” goes hand-in-hand with “non-walking” and “non-toothed” – still in a diaper and stroller, or sleeping in a parent’s arms. 🙄

    Every year, I consider finding a GIANT box of individually-wrapped prunes, er, “dried plums,” and handing those out!

  2. You tell them, Susan. I started reading that post that you said you found on someone’s FB page. I gave up after the first sentence or two, realizing it was a bunch of malarkey!

  3. Hilarious piece! Thanks for such an entertaining entry!! It kept me in stitches even though I wasn’t even home this year for Halloween. Very funny, indeed.

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