Monday, April 1, 2013

On A More Personal Note...

So, yesterday was Easter.

It was the first major holiday since BabyGirl G. admitted that she knew about Santa, and the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy etc. We made it through Christmas, but I think it was more from the point of "if I tell them I know about Santa, will I still get presents from him?" aspect than anything. A couple days after Christmas she asked us about Santa, having heard from school and the bus that Santa was really mom & dad.

I knew it was coming - she's going to be ten in a couple months now - but it doesn't mean I have to like it.

It's interesting. When you have kids, you experience all the magic of the holidays all over again. You see Christmas as this wonderful, amazing time of the year - from the other side, too. You get to see the magic of the season in your child's eyes when they come downstairs and see the presents from Santa - "magic" really is the best way to describe it.

Yet, as we all know, everything comes with a price. Eventually, they grow up. Kids talk. Rumors abound. And one day, you get the question every parent dreads: "Dad, is Santa real?". Now, I bought a year by stating, quite truthfully, that yes, Santa was real - the parents out there are nodding their heads. You know Santa is real because you *are* Santa - and that's an experience I wouldn't trade for any other.

And now, after my first Easter of *not* being the Easter Bunny, I'll admit to being just a little verklempt...

That is all.

9 comments:

JL Allen said...

And now, after my first Easter of *not* being the Easter Bunny, I'll admit to being just a little verklempt...

Which means you are an awesome Dad! Happy Easter!

Turk Turon said...

Yep, kids are magic!

Suzanne McCarley said...

Favorite Easter Bunny memory:
I was in my mid thirties when Easter finally fell on my birthday, and my son was still young enough to believe. He found MY Easter basket before he found his own, and he was so thrilled that the Easter Bunny remembered my birthday and brought me a gift.

Teke said...

If my 10yr old knows she is doing a darn good job of not letting on.

My 8yr old son told me yesterday morning that the kids at schools are saying there is no easter bunny.

I did not get to discuss in detail because baby girl was in the room. At 5 tomorrow has no doubts. They're real.

eiaftinfo said...

Patience sir . . . patience . . .

Grandkids are comin' and, with them, a second chance experience Santa, the tooth farie, and the Easter Bunnie . . .

Sooner than you think! :)

Jim said...

I know the Easter Bunny is real.

After all, I just gnawed off his wee chocolate ears!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

greg said...

It's one of the things I like about homeschooling...a much smaller group of kids to interact with and ruin things like this.

Daniel in Brookline said...

You're a great Dad, Jay!

And I think you're right to treasure their innocence as long as you can. They will lose it, little by little, and once they lose the magic it doesn't come back for them - except, as you said, when they get to see it through THEIR kids' eyes.

(Three of my kids are from my wife's first marriage... and, as with most children of divorce, they lost a whole lot of innocence in a big hurry. They're great kids, but they had something precious ripped away from them when they needed it most, and you don't forget that. So, did I keep the Tooth Fairy going as long as possible for them? Dern tootin' I did!)

Cherish your family, Jay... and I hope you all had a glorious Easter, with or without bunnies.

Sailorcurt said...

What do you mean she's found out Santa Clause doesn't exist?

Why would you let her believe such a lie?

Santa Clause is not a physical being, he's an attitude, a "spirit" if you will, manifested by an action.

It's basically the act of giving while expecting absolutely nothing in return, not even thanks or recognition.

Santa Clause is a manifestation of the selflessness that comes part and parcel with parenthood and he absolutely does exist...in the hearts of caring parents everywhere.

That may not be the historical origins or the original meaning of the tradition, but that's what it means to me, and I take offense at the implication that Santa doesn't exist. That's a myth.