Tonight I took DD,DS#3, Dear Nephew #1 and DN #2 Trick-or-Treating. We were out for 20 minutes when I noticed that DD was even slower than normal and she kept falling down. I asked her if she was tired. She told me no, but that she was ready to go home now. I was surprised that she didn't want to keep going until I noticed her Trick-or-Treat bag. It was more than twice as full as the three others boys. People had been giving her double handfuls of candy. Her bag was so heavy that it was hard for her to lift. Her balance was so off she kept tripping.
DD gladly gave me her bag to carry as we escorted her home. I handed her over to DS#1, who was manning the door, and asked him to check her treats while I took the boys around the rest of the neighborhood.
When we came back, DD had taken off her cowgirl skirt, vest, boots, and hat and was happily passing out treats wearing her sweater tights and a pink shirt. She thanked every visitor for coming.
My question is: did she score so many treats because she was such a cute Annie Oakley or because she has Down syndrome? She had taken longer at all of the doors, especially those who had dogs in the house. The boys would just grab the candy and go, but DD stopped to say "Thank you!" at every house which, come to think of it, charmed the socks off everyone so much that they would give her more treats. So, it wasn't the costume or the Ds..........
It was the manners.