Trick-or-treaters were a week away.
We had two young women who
had asked for lodging with us,
a princess and a vampire.
I'd overlooked the obvious signs
of their roles in life, giving them
C-pluses for being ordinary people.
But it made my sudden realization
less embarrassing when I noticed
how self-restrained the vampire was
with her finely honed fangs, and
how nicely the princess hid her
condescension in a steady smile.
For the first time in my life,
I was prepared for Halloween,
when people dress as themselves.