I Am a Liar. And It's All Santa's Fault.
But apparently her wheels had been turning all that afternoon, because at dinner time she informed us she had a sneaky idea. She wasn't so sure Santa had actually written that email, or that there really was a Santa to even email. So she had devised an "experiment." She wanted my husband to go back to the site and enter in his name, but say he was 6-years-old and from Canada. By her reasoning, if Santa was real and really writing these emails, he would certainly know that Kurtis was actually an adult...and not living in Canada.
Well, *%$#@. But I have to admit, she is kind of a genius. And a little maniacal.
We knew we couldn't talk our way out of this, so my husband agreed to do it. He went downstairs and started the email. All of a sudden, he came racing back upstairs, whipped into the family room and said in a hushed voice, "QUICK! Get on the Kindle, pretend you are Santa, and send an email to me saying that you know I was tricking you!" OOOOOH! You handsome devil you! But there was just one problem. I panicked, "But the site doesn't send it to your email address! Santa's email just pops up on the site after a minute or two!!!" But my enginerd had already taken care of that. He had unplugged the router so when they hit "send" nothing would happen. Then when he plugged the router back in, he quickly opened his email to find this message waiting in his inbox:
Subject: Naughty, Naughty
HO HO HO! You tried to trick old Santa! I know you don't live in Canada.
P.S. Rudolph thought that was a funny joke!
I know. The tangled web of lies we weave. But I have to say, it was totally worth it to see the look on her face and hear her exclaim, "YES! The email was really from Santa!"
Maybe I am setting her up for a bigger disappointment when she finally does learn the truth. Maybe I am being selfish. I know that the elaborate lengths my husband and I have gone to in order to keep Grace believing are in part for us. We see her losing pieces of "little" every day. Sure, her innocence still outweighs her worldliness. But childhood starts to look different around this age. It isn't necessarily better or worse, but change is always hard. Every parent knows that faint tug of longing that comes whenever you catch a glimpse of a photo of your child during younger years. Remember...that squeaky voice...the way that tiny hand felt around your finger...that unquestionable belief in anything that could be imagined...it was adorable.
But seven-year-olds can be pretty adorable, too. Grace reminded me of that when she took a bit of offense to Santa's use of the word "joke."
"It wasn't a joke. It was an EXPERIMENT."
Maybe I will remember that line when Grace finally does come to the real conclusion about Santa Claus. And then I will let her eat the cookies her little brother leaves for him. I might need a lot of cookies to smooth this one over.
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