Instead of Playing Tricks on a Grandmother Who Didn’t Have Candy, These Kids Provided Treats
The iconic phrase “trick or treat” once upon a time implied some sort of exchange. Children arrived at houses in search of candy, and if no treats were found, harmless tricks would be played (or, on the occasion that there was an especially naughty kid, a family might find eggs and toilet paper on their lawns).
These days, the exchange of candy is more or less expected by children. When a group of three arrived at the 86-year-old Brenda Burdon’s home, she unfortunately had to inform them that she didn’t have any treats to give. Where many children might have pouted and stalked away, Burdon says these children surprised her.
Credit: Brenda Burdon.
“It’s okay,” one said, “because sometimes making people happy and getting a nice big smile is reward enough.”
That comment alone was enough to bring a smile to Burdon’s face for the rest of the night. The next day, however, officially marked this Halloween as one of the best Halloweens Burdon has ever experienced. The children returned with a card addressed to “The Kind Lady” decorated with doodles of pumpkins and smiley faces.
“Thank you for being so kind, 😊” the children wrote. “Hope life gets better for you as you go on…”
The sweet gift left by the children. Credit: Danny Parker.
Along with the sweet card came chocolates, a pack of muffins, and a £10 note.
According to Burdon’s grandson, Danny Parker, the gesture made her “lost in happiness” for the rest of the afternoon. She even went out to purchase gifts for the children to show her appreciation, but unfortunately, the children have not since returned. She hopes to find them again to brighten their days the same way they brightened hers, and to return the £10 so they can treat themselves to something nice.
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