First, Trystan a few nights ago prefaced a question with "If I ask you something, do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" This, in and of itself, leads the questionee to know a loaded question will follow so I wasn't wholly startled by the question that did follow: "Is there really a Santa Claus?"
I figure that at 10, he's ready for the truth and 'fessed up that I was actually the provider of all those Santa gifts. I was then told that I had ruined Christmas forever, something he quickly recanted when I explained that if there isn't a Santa, there's no need to hold back the big gifts until Christmas day. And with our family tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve, he's now thrilled with the prospect.
I did include my true feelings on the matter. Santa is alive and well in everyone out there who goes out and buys gifts for children who aren't theirs, who donate their time and money to charities, etc. Santa is a spirit rather than a person.
Next, with my grandmother's 80th birthday fast approaching (Dec 21st), my uncle has wanted to have a big family dinner in honor of this. The plan was for us to all (at least those from my own household which includes my aunt and cousin as well as Tryst, my mother and myself) spend Christmas down in Channelview and since I'm currently not working and have no other prior engagements, we've decided to spend the 21st through the 25th in my old hometown. Granma's very excited about the prospect of having a full house for a week, it's been decades since a child got to open all their gifts in her living room on Christmas morning. Mama's stockpiling her anxiety medications for the event and I'm contacting all my old friends who sill live in the general vicinity (including but not limited to my best friend for the 2nd grade.)
I crocheted a tablecloth for my grandmother and had originally planned to give it to her for Christmas but have now altered it to a birthday present. It took me nine months to crochet and I only hope she'll like it. I'll try to post a picture of it once I locate the photo I took once I was finally done. It went with me to every doctor's appointment Mama had this last year and I had many nurses eagerly watching my progress.
Also, our house hunt of the last year plus has finally ended. I somehow finally managed to find a place we all like and that we can afford. Granted, it's in Smiley, Texas, a town that boasts a population of 453. It's an old 1930's or 40's farmhouse with three bedrooms, central A/C, and an acre of land. The best part of the deal is that it's a sale and financing by owner situation. The gentleman who owns it reminds me a great deal of our current landlord of whom I am greatly fond. We're set to move in on the first of the year. It'll be nice to start the new year in a new place.
Wow, the house sounds great; congratulations!
I loved reading about Trystan's burning question and I liked the way you handled it (I'm taking notes!). Now that Danny is 8 I'm bracing myself for the day he decides not to believe in magic and fairies and jolly old elves.
I think we all want to believe, though.
Whew, Well it sounds like Trystan is a bright and insightful kid. I wonder where he gets that from? hehehe. Sounds like life is going pretty well from the last time I spoke with ya. A new house sounds great and it sounds ideal for you and your son. Hope your mother is doing well and hope you took my advice on getting some rest too. Not much going on in my life, not that I'm complaining. My boss retired and they're moving me up to his position as First shift Supervisor. Not that I expecting this, but I already was a Supervisor, go figuire. More money though, and when his job is posted, I am informed by the entire section, that it's not going to anyone else but me. Well, I'll just hope and wait, but I couldn't be happier. If it happens, it happens. My son who is 15, is excited this year. He does legal graffiti on boards that our construction neighbor gives him and he is quite talented if I say so myself. He wants a PS3 and he's earned money for the year, so his father and I promised, we would cover half if he continued improving his grades and chores. But, that's about it. I can't wait for the holidays and New Years. I'm taking a week off. I hope you and yours enjoy the festivities and good things all around.
And we miss you on the FFnet too. Toodles. Hazmot aka Erine