It’s a familiar story, one you may have heard before…
Blog writer (me) has a busy week and doesn’t update blog.
Mom of blog writer mentions on the phone, in a rather accusing tone, that she’s noticed that said blog writer hasn’t updated her blog.
Suddenly, blog writer feels 12 all over again, runs to the computer, quickly pulling up typepad and frantically searching her brain for what she’s meant to write about all week but hasn’t.
The power of the mom.
Truth is, lots has been going on. But I really can’t show you a single thing. The kids were in school all week last week and I was able to pace myself and get a little sewing and a little shopping done each day, felt really on top of everything. Even managed to help out at the Friday afternoon 5th grade class party. Just when I was feeling a little too done with it all, I was handed this “special letter” Emma had written, asking if I had a stamp so she could mail it.
“But you’ve already mailed your letter to Santa this year”, I said.
“But this is just something I wanted to write, because, well, he’ll understand.” she said.
People, for the sake of all that’s sacred in the land of Santa belief, I felt compelled to read this letter. I was convinced she was finally calling our bluff. The jig was up!
I won’t go into too many details, except to say if anyone knows where I can get my hands on a real dragon, and a machine that makes anything you draw come to life, please let me know and I’ll be eternally grateful.
(The photo is of one of the gift’s the kids made this year, crystal stars. The stars are pre-formed and come in packs of seven, then we chose all different shades of beads. The kids strung and I just bent the ends into a loop. So much fun and so shimmery! I’m all about the glitz this season, but I’ll save that for another post.)
Hope all is well. xo
IsabelleDecember 20, 2009 at 11:50 pm
I laughed out loud when I read the Santa stuff!
It reminded me of another Santa story which was related by a mother, a journalist, many years ago. There was a television series called ‘Rawhide’, a western about herding cattle. The mother overheard her five year old daughter, a big fan of the programme, saying her prayers, asking that Santa should bring her ‘a herd of beeves’!
Merry Christmas to you and to your family.
jen j-mDecember 21, 2009 at 3:14 am
first good laugh of today. thank you.
merry christmas to you guys.
erinDecember 21, 2009 at 4:30 am
i just posted kate’s santa letter on flickr. i’m pretty sure that she’s calling my bluff.
merry christmas, blair!
LeilaDecember 21, 2009 at 5:42 am
And…the power of the mother…yes. We mothers have to remember that everything we say has an electric charge, and to help us remember that, our own mother keeps saying things…
amandaDecember 21, 2009 at 5:48 am
my mom always says the same thing if I haven’t blogged or uploaded pictures on my Flickr!
MollyDecember 21, 2009 at 6:12 am
i love how her mind works. those would be amazing gifts!
Tabitha O.December 21, 2009 at 6:54 am
How about giving her one of those make your own books kits from the big guy and he can tell that is how you make your creations leap off the page and become real…you write them in books so that when you read them again they appear in your dreams and imagination…….very hilarious story….my girls have yet to call my bluff but I think we will go on having fun pretending anyway
MichelleDecember 21, 2009 at 7:41 am
Thanks so much for sharing this sweet story, it truly brought nostalgic tears to my eyes. It is clear that you and your husband make Christmas very magical for your kids.
Sunni StandingDecember 21, 2009 at 7:42 am
How cheeky, love it! Brilliant imagination! Love her style.
DanaDecember 21, 2009 at 8:23 am
What Santa bluff do you speak of? I think Santa is going to bring your daughter a wack of new drawing supplies along with a nice note telling her that she already has the best machine to make anything she draws come to life: her imagination. But maybe a nice blank book to record those stories would be nice, too.
KristyDecember 21, 2009 at 8:29 am
A real dragon…ummm…don’t think I can help.Sorry!
NatalieDecember 21, 2009 at 9:24 am
Huge fan of your blog. I loved the story!! Although, I think you only need to search for the machine. Once you find that machine, she can just insert a picture of the dragon.
SiriDecember 21, 2009 at 10:05 am
i think your “real dragon” must live in the same place as our “real magic”. R wrote a letter yesterday asking for that, and a “summoning charm” like in Harry Potter to find things that he’s lost, and a calligraphy set which he is getting from my parents.
do you think spy glasses will qualify as real magic?
and was it wrong of me to go retrieve the letter from the mailbox before the mailman got there and stash it away in the box with all the tooth fairy letters?
also, last week when his little brother was telling us about a kid at school who doesn’t believe in Santa Clause, he put his fingers in his ears and sang at the top of his lungs so he wouldn’t have to hear about it. 🙂
tifDecember 21, 2009 at 11:28 am
I love the “he’ll understand” bit…..
and I have no idea where to find a real dragon….. when you find yours, can you grab an extra for our house!
blair/wisecraftDecember 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Siri, I definitely don't think its wrong to have grabbed that letter! I did the same thing! I think spy glasses are perfect, we are trying to get creative with how we'll answer Emma, and to add to the special letter she gets back from Santa, I have a tiny little dragon to give her. Not the real thing, but hopefully it will suffice.
blair/wisecraftDecember 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm
I absolutely will! Did I mention to everyone that shipping costs are not an issue : D
JenDecember 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm
Oh so sweet. I once told my parents I wanted a Xerox machine for christmas so I could play teacher and make “dittos” to hand out to my “students”. I’m just feeling lucky that my kids still want jump ropes 🙂
mommycoddleDecember 21, 2009 at 7:19 pm
i know santa’s days are numbered with emma. she’s asks so many questions, stores away all the answers, compares them to last year’s answers. my brain just can’t keep up. it’s like being on the witness stand for the whole month of december.
happy holidays to your sweet family, blair.
ErinDecember 22, 2009 at 8:37 am
My daughter got a gift this year from a friend that might help you out if you can find it. It’s a little white egg that you crack open and water and it grows a snap dragon plant. Clarification is everything and that Santa, well, he just got a bit confused.
HeatherDecember 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm
The thing that made me realize all about Santa when I was a kid was that Santa and my mom had the same HANDWRITING!
Even though Santa is full of magic, he can’t grow living beings, as I suspect she wants a live dragon. If Santa has not brought her a puppy or kitten before, then I’m pretty sure you’re safe. Plus, how would one feed a dragon–where would he live?
I wanted an elephant, but my mom said we’d have to make 20 rice balls everday that were bigger than any pot we had…even the lobster pot. I kind of understood it.
amanda oDecember 23, 2009 at 5:38 am
i love the stars…where did you find the pre-formed wires?
RidDecember 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Happy Xmas day!!!!!
blair/wisecraftDecember 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm
I bought them at our fabulous local bead store, Fusion Beads. They also have a fantastic website, but I didn't see the forms on the site, perhaps I just missed them?
karmahDecember 27, 2009 at 7:18 am
At our house, Santa brings each child one present. The rest are from Mommy& Daddy. The present from Santa comes wrapped in special Santa paper and never has the child’s name on it. Each child has their pile of presents from Mommy & Daddy, then later on Santa brings his gifts to them and just places them on their pile of gifts. Santa doesn’t need to write the names on their gifts, because he knows who they are for (he’s magic after all) and each child knows which one is their gift from Santa because it’s in with the rest of their gifts. 🙂
mollyJanuary 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm
i had to laugh about the mom pressure to blog – my mom has told me on more than one occasion that my grandma had noticed i hadn’t blogged recently, and was everything OK? two generations of pressure, i always cave. happy new year!
HeatherJanuary 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Wish my mom read my blog. She once landed on another blog and said that she thought it might be like mine. I sure do love her even if she doesn’t read my blog though. Enjoying your blog.