Meredith Lash-Dardia, MD
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Lash-Dardia M.; A Ghost of the Past. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157:595-596. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-8-201210160-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(8):595-596.
My kids just went trick-or-treating without me. Unceremoniously, they let me know that I slowed them down and was no longer welcome to join them as they ran house to house, filling pillowcases until they had to throw them over their shoulders for balance and trudge home like filthy Santa Clauses.
Walking home, I came across little chickens waddling up the steps to ring doorbells, tiny Supermen and Cinderellas tottering up walkways while parents and grandparents doted nearby, cameras recording each piece of candy hitting the bag.
Despite the excitement, or perhaps because of it, these kids have about 1 hour maximum of candy bestowal in them. Not so for my kids; I will be trolling the neighborhood in a while, trying to convince them to return home reasonably early on a school night. I anticipate the usual chronology: the request, the appeal, the rationalization attempt, the bribe, the threat, and the inevitable meltdown. I'm never sure why I don't just skip right to the meltdown—we all know we will arrive there at some point, anyway.
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