The things you can’t control

“The kitchen light is the only one in the house on. The perfect plan to avoid trick or treaters and finish moving into the new house. Unpacking endless spices you don’t remember buying. That’s when the doorbell went.

Busted. A glance through the open door that should be shut and making eye contact with a mini Dracula and his younger sister / princess. No way out now. Opening the door, explaining: ‘Happy Haloween, I just moved in, I don’t have any candy, I’m sorry.”

The reply from Mini Dracula “That’s OK. Really. We’ll get a lot. Have a Happy Halloween.”

Dracula turns away, but the mini princess hesitates, reaches into her bucket and hands over a mini box of Milk Duds. Without a word, she scurries to join her family. Happy Halloween indeed”

Picture courtesy Daryl Tulimieri, and a mini princess.

It’s a lovely story. A new acquaintance told it to me recently, Daryl Tulimieri, I’m grateful he allowed me to reproduce it here, and change the tense… Milk Duds happen to be my favourite candy, Daryl could not have known that, yet I responded so much more because of the choice of candy.

What’s the lesson in the story? community is important, give, don’t just take, think different, never look at your neighbour’s bowl except to make sure they have enough. All of those, absolutely.

I wanted to share it here as a great example of not being able to control the audience’s perception of your stories. As Doug Lipman explains But if you can, and if it won’t come back to bite you, and if somehow, you know your audience loves Milk Duds, use it, tune the details, make it resonate.