Texting with my daughter who lives way up north - a ten hour drive - too far away just to pop in - I was asking her some goofy questions,  "What was my favourite country song year's ago?" Dumb question when I couldn't remember any of the lyrics or even the artist's name.

Among other things we texted back and forth, I told her that I was trying to distract myself on this Halloween night, as I was missing my hubby so much and needing - wanting a hug!  

"You should go trick or treating...hand out candy door to door -for a hug," she says! 

"Great idea! Up and down all the floors of the Manor - that would be the equivalent of 76 houses!" 

"And if you don't have candy you could give them something else!"  

Just thinking here - what????" 

"Maybe something from your pantry, you know - toilet paper, Keurig pods. You could put stuff in a hamper and let them pick!" 

"Running low on TP, but what a great idea!"  

"You should do that next year; I bet the residents miss having trick or treaters ---- or maybe not!"  

"I could still go out and buy some stuff -- but I don't want to go out anymore."

Then it hit me!

So, here's my version of Trick or Treat!  

It's called Bring & Bless! 

I used hubby's walker which I still have!

Just a few residents weren't home; one or two didn't answer their door. WE had so much fun!  I got to know two new neighbours - one was just moving in, another had only been here two or three weeks!  Some wondered why I wasn't wearing a costume - and I told them that I thought my face alone was 'frightening' enough!!!!!  One wanted to pull out her wallet and buy some of my stuff!! So much teasing and joking going on! I had a fabulous and rewarding 2 hours going 'house to house'! 

When I came back to my apartment, there were only a few ginger ales left, but the stash of blessings that was returned to me was abundant!  I picked up smiles, hearty laughter, over 50 hugs & kisses, warm handshakes, pats on the shoulder, a river of
 good will, a fountain of joy, and an ocean of love! People shared some of their poignant memories, 2 insisted that I take some of their chocolate - YUM!! 
I've added considerably to my 

God is good! 
It's true what the Lord Jesus himself said, 
'it is more blessed to give than to receive.'


Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh Karin,what a wonderful day to fill a lonely evening!

Mari said...

Oh Karin - this is just wonderful! Not only did you give and get blessings that night, but you've blessed me by sharing this.

Shug said...

Karin....this is wonderful and I'm so glad you made the decision to step out and do this....I am sure that you were a tremendous Blessing to so many of your neighbors. You are just Precious!

digitaloma said...

Karin, this is a delightful post. Thank you for sharing!!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh how wonderful, Karin. I loved reading this... That was a SUPER idea... And you did give blessings to others also --as you made your way from apartment to apartment... LOVE it...

God Bless..