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  •  And that brings back a memory (9+ / 0-)

    Back a few years ago, when I was more gravitationally challenged than I am now, I got asked to be Santa Claus at a Mormon church's Xmas potluck by a Mormon friend.

    So here I am in the Santa suit, with kids of various sizes coming up to talk to The Man With The Beard.

    It was interesting how responses varied by age. Real little kids were mostly cool with it - just another person holding them. Older kids were of course in on the joke and having fun with it - I got asked for a Ferrari by one 10 year old. In the middle the kids were pretty nervous that they'd say the wrong thing.

    Me: "What color?"
    Him: "Green"
    Me: "They don't make them in green. Sorry."
    Him: "Red! Red!"
    Me: "Too late"

    But one little boy came up wearing a tie. Kid was about 6, and he's wearing a tie. To a church potluck where the church elders and preacher are NOT wearing ties.

    Me: "What do you want for Christmas?"
    Him: silence
    Me: "It's OK. You can ask for anything. You might not get it, but Santa always tries".
    Him: "I guess I'd like my parents to fight less..."
    Me: (after two seconds of shocked silence) "That's a tough one. Let me see what I can do."

    Since it wasn't my church I had no idea who the kid was, but I found my friend afterward and told him what had happened. I hope the famous Mormon community got going to help that family.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 07:46:39 AM PDT

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