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A Month of Stories

Welcome to the 2013 A-Z Blog Challenge. This will be the third year I have done this. I decided to do 26 Days of Stories, one for every letter of the alphabet.

My husband and I are traveling this Easter week, and we’ve landed in Fayetteville, N.C. The brochures call it America’s Home Town. We’re going to visit the Airborne and Special Ops Museum on Tuesday, but tomorrow, we’re going to visit an artist community nearby. 

So, here’s my day after Easter story. When my third child, Jaime, was about 4 years old, she had been recently told about Santa Claus by her two older siblings. 
“Mom, why do parents lie to their children?” she asked. It didn’t fit with the values we had instilled in her about always being truthful. 
I decided I’d give her some sage motherly advice, and try my best to explain the justification that parents just wanted to bring joy to their children by creating Santa Claus, and the promise of getting gifts for “being good.” Only, I didn’t get that far.
I began by saying, “Well, it’s like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny–“
Jaime looked at me in horror. “Oh, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too?”
I had managed to ruin not one, but three of Jaime’s childhood fantasies, at the same time.
Hope you’ll come back tomorrow. Meanwhile, enjoy some of the other blogs in the A-Z Blog Challenge – over 1600 of them this year, by clicking here.

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  1. Oh this made me chuckle!! Similarly, my mother destroyed my childhood fantasy about Santa a few weeks before Xmas with the comment "now, you know how I told you there is no Santa, well dad and I were thinking of getting you xyz for xmas…" I didn't hear the rest of the sentence, my heart stopped at "there is no Santa?". She thought she had told me, but she never had!! I am now 38 yrs old and I still bring this up every Xmas!

    Looking forward to reading more of your A to Z posts. As a first year A-to-Z-er it's encouraging to come across someone who has participated more than once!

    Destination Unknown

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