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One man's trick is another man's treat (standard:humor, 917 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Oct 24 2010Views/Reads: 1579/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Planning for a party is not my idea of unmitigated fun. And yet, this week I found myself in such a dilemma. For me, a party means fun, but planning for that party is more like work. I am not afraid of work, I'll have you know. I can sit down and stare at

One man's trick is another man's treat Rev. James L. Snyder 

Planning for a party is not my idea of unmitigated fun. And yet, this
week I found myself in such a dilemma. For me, a party means fun, but 
planning for that party is more like work. I am not afraid of work, 
I'll have you know. I can sit down and stare at it for hours without 
flinching. I just refuse to allow work to get anything over on me. 

It all started when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage mentioned to
me rather casually, "We need to get ready for the children who will be 
coming this weekend for their trick or treat." 

I must confess having a rather fascinating interest in words. For
example, when my wife uses the word "we," it is a monosyllable, which 
in all practical purposes means "me," which is another monosyllable. In 
our house, the word "we," is never used in the collective sense, "us." 

Therefore, the burden of planning for this party rested upon Yours
Truly. Actually, when I say planning I should qualify that. My job was 
to go to the store and purchase everything on a shopping list my wife 
so graciously handed to me. I suppose somebody could say that this was 
a joint venture. She made a list and I was to buy everything on that 

Sending me to the grocery store with a shopping list borders on the
precarious. I always know what my intended purpose and my task at hand. 
Often, the results have very little to do with the intended purpose. I 
try, but every time I get into a store environment, something happens 
to me. I don't know exactly what it is, but I begin sweating and 
getting the nervous shivers. 

I vaguely remember my wife saying something to the effect, "Make sure
you get everything on the list and nothing else." 

I remember glancing at the list but could not remember what happened to
it once I got in my truck. As soon as I got into the store, I 
remembered the list and searched my person as carefully as possible to 
no avail. 

Now I faced a choice. Do I call my wife, confess that I lost the list
and ask her for help, or, do I guess what was on the list and finish my 

Being the cavalier kind of person I am, I chose the second part. After
all, a party is a party and what is so hard about getting things for a 
party? This should be rather easy. At this point, I was getting a 
little envious of those little tricksters that would be coming to my 

I walked around the grocery store once just to get my bearings. I need
to get the lay of the land before mounting the kind of an attack that I 
was about to mount. Sometimes it takes two or three walks around the 
store to accomplish this, but the end result is all that really 

At this point, I saw something I never noticed before. There was a shelf
full of Halloween masks and they drew my attention. I looked at them 
smiling to myself and then a strange thought tiptoed into the dark 
recesses of my mind. Normally, I do not have such foreign muses but 
this one fascinated me. 

Why don't I select a mask for myself? After all, you are only as young
as you feel and someone said you only live once, so why not make the 
most of it. It was not long before I was utterly consumed with this 
idea of buying, not only a mask but also a costume to go along with it. 

I cannot remember when I smiled so much in my entire life. In fact,
another thought teased me to no end. Why not get dressed up in my 
Halloween outfit and try it out tonight on my wife? The more I thought 
about this, the more intriguing it became. 

My wife is very good at multitasking, whereas, I can only focus on one
thing at a time. At this point, I had completely forgotten why I had 
come to the grocery store in the first place. I was beginning to feel 
like a kid again and I could not stop chuckling to myself. 

Carefully, I selected an appropriate mask with a corresponding costume,
all the time laughing inside to the point of hysteria. I could not wait 
to see the look on my wife's face when I came a-knocking at her door 
tonight surprising her by saying, "Trick or Treat." 

I parked my truck about a block from our house and quickly put on my
costume and mask. I quietly walked up to my house and knocked on the 
door. All the time I'm laughing inside to beat the band. 

I heard her come to the door. The anticipation was killing me. Then I
heard her through the door, "You better not be my husband dressed in a 
stupid Halloween costume without those things on the shopping list that 
I gave him." 

How did she know? Walking back to my truck a verse of Scripture came to
mind. “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till 
afterwards” (Proverbs 29:11 KJV). 

Sometimes the most prudent thing to do is nothing. I have discovered
that many times my expected treat turns out to be an awesome trick. 


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