Santa Isn’t Just For Crybabies

December 9, 2011

Everywhere I look they are restless.

Throwing caramel corn on the floor.  Running around, wild-eyed and over-tired.  Fussing because they are hungry and tired.  Crying because it is 48º and nearing bedtime.

We wait in line for what seems like an eternity.  We are holding hands, beacons of stillness amongst the chaos.

This was not a good idea. 

We have been here forever. 

Hayden is the oldest one here

Why are all these babies here?

My feet are numb.

Hayden begins to pull on my arm.  “C’mon!  Let’s go see Santa!”

One by one children are placed in Santa’s arms.  A swaddled infant.  A crying ten month-old.  A shrieking two year-old.

All with looks of fear and betrayal in their wet eyes, as if to say, “Mother, how could you do this to me!”

Finally, it is our turn.

Hayden, do you want us to go with you, or by yourself?”

“By myself.

We beam with pride.

We try to hear what he says to Santa.

The camera man jingles some sleigh bells, and Hayden smiles.



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8 Responses to Santa Isn’t Just For Crybabies

  1. Alex@LateEnough on December 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    aw, what a sweetie.


  2. christy davis on December 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

    So cute!!!


  3. Kir on December 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

    oh wow, look at him!!!! Such a handsome boy…and all smiles. I love it!!!


    thesweet Reply:

    Thanks- he was so proud. He is all over the Santa thing this year. Ps. I sort of posted this for you 🙂


  4. sallytimanus on December 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    My precious, Hayden!! Wish I were there!




  5. Laura Timanus on December 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Weird that 4 was the oldest.


    thesweet Reply:

    Half the kids there weren’t even old enough to walk. Hayden was the oldest. Except there were these two pre-teen girls with braces and shiny jackets on. They posed for a pic with Santa WITH their parents. The mother did not smile. It was very strange. The girls also needed to lay off the Twinkies.


  6. Kir on December 12, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I tried to reply to the actual reply of yours….just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for posting for me..or you or US….because I adore it. I am sorry I have not been around as much lately, but give me until Jan and I’ll be here more than you can handle…you’ll be kicking me out. 🙂

    HO, HO, HO my friend. xo


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