Last night I went to pick up Son #1 from piano lessons. It is a quick drive and last night I was by myself when I picked him up. As he hopped in the front seat (asking permission to do so first) I could tell that he needed to speak to me about something. I got that pit in my stomach as he carefully chose his words:
"Mom, if I ask you something, will you tell me the truth?"
-Holy crap was the only thing that came to my mind. I put the car in park. I said to him, "Honey, I will tell you the truth if I can...."
-As his lips began to quiver he took a deep breath, "You can tell me, Mom, I can handle it you know...."
-Oh my, what is coming next? "I told you that I would tell you the truth, honey."
"Is there really a Santa Claus, or is it just you and Daddy?"
-When I tell you the look on his face was pure Angelic, one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen, I will remember that look for the rest of my life. And I did what I had to, I gave him the facts.
"Honey, it is true, your father and I do buy a lot of the gifts at Christmas time, but you have to remember the Spirit of Christmas and Santa Claus is a powerful, wonderful gift itself.... it is an honor to be a part of such a spectacular thing.... yes honey, there is a Santa Claus"
"I knew you would tell me the truth Mom, thank you...."
-The relief and brilliant smile that came over that boy's face was again, the most beautiful thing I have witnessed.....
Thank you Santa, I have already received my present. Merry Christmas!
(I am SO Glad I didn't have to lie)