Thursday, December 21, 2006

Any Day Now

A conversation from last night.
HannahC: "Daddy, I want to leave a carrot for each of the reindeer this year, not just for Rudolph."

Me, CherkyB: "OK."

HannahC: "I think all the reindeer want a snack. It's not fair that only Rudolph gets one."

Me, CherkyB: "Well, they take turns eating the carrots."

HannahC: "I don't think Santa has time to keep track of whose turn it is and make sure none of the reindeer take someone else's turn."

Me, CherkyB: "Mmmm..."

HannahC: "Daddy? I think Rudolph may just be a myth."

Me, CherkyB: "Really? Why is that?"

HannahC: "Well, it just doesn't make any sense. How can his nose glow? He doesn't have a lightbulb or anything. It's just made out of regular nose."

Me, CherkyB: "Well kiddo, the reindeer fly, too. And they're just made out of regular reindeer. You see, it's magic. And one of the problems with magic is that once you alter something with magic, like making reindeer so that they can fly, after a while you get what's called 'mutations.' And these can be very strange. You'll learn about mutations in science when you get more advanced."

HannahC: "Oh. I think it might still be a myth, though."


Nava said...

Oooooo - brace yourself, and tread carefully...

No offense, but that kid has the mind of an Intel engineer.

Still, as long as she doesn't inquire how come Santa never needs to refuel, you're fine.


I guess you will have to make some kind of sled/reindeer tracks on the snow. I found that a broom with a long handle worked well. The handle makes good "sleigh" tracks. Need something for hoof prints. Also jingle bell noises just as she is going to sleep. Make sure the carrots are gnawed on from the middle and not the ends. Maybe a pile of reindeer poop also. Santa Claus sooty bootprints by the tree. Some of his pipe tobacco sprinkled on the floor or on a table. Lots of clues!

Michael Bains said...

I think that just letting her think out loud is Brilliant and the best parenting you could possibly do.

Magic is for kids, after all. Figuring out how it works, on their own yet with support, will help them keep it in their hearts forever, while never having to be really hurt by it.

Great stuff, CherkyB. Your snark on Nava's belies some serious wisdom there, amigo. Thanks for sharin' it.

Merry Christmas!