Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Been busy...

This is such a busy time year. I hardly have time to look at my favorite blogs, let alone write a post of my own. The last few days have been busier than most, thanks to a little granddaughter of mine. Several weeks ago her mother called to ask if I could "play Santa" this year. She wanted to write Santa a letter and her mother was wondering if I (aka "Santa") might be able to answer it. I enthusiastically agreed! A few days ago when I received her letter, I realized it might have been better if I'd considered all the ramifications...

Avery is a precocious little thing and a prolific writer, as was demonstrated by her letter to Santa...

She started out with the usual greeting and then went on to ask 20, yes 20 (I counted), questions for Santa. They were perceptive and thoughtful questions, such as...

"Which reindeer is your favorite?"

"What is your favorite elf's name?"

"Do you have lots of friends?"

"Do you like doggies?"
(This was a good opportunity for Santa to petition Avery to quit
carrying around her cat, Cosmo, by the neck.)

"Who gives you Christmas presents?"

"Do you like your job?"

"Do the reindeer get along?"


And finally, "Are the elves fun to play with?"

It took me three pages to answer five questions. "Santa" may need to publish a Volume 2 and 3 later in the year just to satisfy her curiosity.

I took advantage of the situation and added a few words of advice from "Santa", like "Always remember to be kind to your little sister..." (Her parents owe me for that one.)

I learned early on in my parenting that Santa's admonitions carry big weight with children. As a young mother throughout the month of December, I hourly belted out "You better watch out... You better not cry..." when my kids were young. It worked like a charm. Every. Time.

I have to admit, with all the busyness going on this time of year, it was so fun to sit down, relax, chuckle and respond to a little girl's questions and wish-list for Christmas. It was my favorite moment so far this season.

11 comments:

Shannon said...

i love that girl! she is so adorable. i think you ought to post the answers so that we are all on the same page here. i don't want dallin and avery fighting over which elf is santa's favorite...

MiaKatia said...

This post is just perfect, the picture! the letter! Avery! I love it all.

Paula said...

Very, very sweet!! Such a precious little girl.

Kristine said...

Oh that is such a great post! pictures and questions! I loved it :)

Julie said...

How adorable...I can see why you enjoyed it sooo much! Wonderful fun!!!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Make sure you save a copy of both the letter, and the answers to the questions for her when she grows up.


What a charming and adorable little girl.

Jen

Shawn said...

Wow! She is a great writer---so adorable!!

Elizabeth said...

What a charming letter she wrote and how wonderful of you to handle Santa's response. Hopefully both will be saved for future smiles. What treasures!

Your pictures were wonderful, too. Thank you for sharing it all, Suzanne.

Elizabeth said...

By the way, I love the pickle ornament! But my German heritage suggests you hid it a bit better!

Suzanne said...

I don't know who "Elizabeth" is, but that picture cracks me up. I'd like to know just one thing -- I always thought Elizabeth was British -- but apparently SHE'S German!!!

Carolynn said...

Just doing a little bit of post-holiday catch up. This letter is adorable! I hope you keep it, frame it and present it to her years from now when she's grown. I'll bet she would love that.

It was exhausting just reading the letter, I can only imagine how you felt answering it. I did find it interesting that she seemed more interested in Santa, spending time building the relationship, and only seemed to include her minor wish list as an afterthought. Very sweet.