I’m on my way over to Pearl’s house. It’s Halloween today and I still don’t have a costume. Pearl said she would help me…right before she chewed me out for waiting til the last minute. I’m not what you call a creation person. I’m more like a “You get it ready and I’ll wear it person.” I’m happy Pearl the human is going to help me, but I’m a little worried. Who knows what I’m going to look like. Pearl always tells me not to count a gift horse in the teeth, or something like that.
“I’m here Pearl…I’m going to take Pearl the dog for her walk, and then I’ll try on the costume you figured out for me, okay?”
“Okay,” Pearl said. “Come back here to the cat room when you get back. ”
“Land sake,” Pearl says to herself. “Maybe Doc Brown is right. I need to get my eyes checked. I can’t even wink right anymore.”
It was a really nice day, so Pearl the dog and I took a longer walk than usual. It isn’t very often you don’t have wind in South Dakota, and the sun was out, too.
On our way back to Pearls, we stopped at my friend Andy’s house. He was just sitting there watching the Andy Griffith show.
“I keep forgetting to ask you, Andy. Who are you going to dress up like to go trick-or- treating tonight?”
“I’m going to dress up like me carrying a big candy bag, and if Mom doesn’t have a big enough bag, I’ll take my pillow case.”
“You can’t do that, Andy. You will spoil it for the rest of us because all the people will think you’re out of the spirit and just in it for the candy.”
“What? I am just in it for the candy and so are you, so why dress up like something stupid?”
“Well, all I’ve got to say is, if you go as yourself, you’ll be dressing up like something stupid. Come with Pearl the dog and me back to Pearl the human’s place. She’ll get us both fixed up with a costume and we can go together tonight.”
That night Andy, Andy’s little brother and I went trick-or-treating together.
Pearl the dog is thinking…wake me when it’s over.
Andy: It’s funny isn’t it how everybody knows who we are. Hey look! All those little kids are scared of us…that’s cool.”
Ellie: No, Andy, I think they see the real thing!
Pearl: Pearls, Pearls everywhere. I just love it! Happy Halloween everyone.! This is my kind of holiday!
Andy: That Miss Pearl…she always looks like she’s got a weeks worth of clothes on…it’s like she can’t decide what to wear, so she wears it all at once.