I want to let you in on a secret, but you’ll have to promise not to share this blog post with my 8 year-old-son. I’m feeling rather guilty this morning because I did one of the most manipulative things I have done in my 50 years of life and I did it to my little Micah.
I am ashamed to say that I stooped as low as a 6′ 1/2″ Amazonian Princess can stoop and I did it during the season of “peace and goodwill toward men”! But then again, the little bugger wanted to put us and Santa thru a “trust test”, and this Ringmaster does not play that.
You either trust us or you don’t!
We were having a tough time gaining access to Micah’s Christmas list this year. He actually refused to share it with us. Inspired by one of his favorite television shows, Mythbusters, I believe he planned to stamp “busted” across Santa’s face and ours.
Had he asked us if Santa is real, as his brothers did in previous years when they were about his age, we would have simply told him the truth and moved on. But, Micah is very smart and very stubborn and this sort of “experiment” is right up his ally. Even if he had to wake up and find random gifts left by “Santa” under the tree.
I too have a favorite show and was inspired by the small box that far too often invades our lives. I’ve been watching a lot of old episodes of Alias on Netflix, and I have learned that there are many ways to make a person talk!
I hatched a diabolical plan of my own and enlisted the help of a new friend. I called in the big guns! That’s right, big pappa – Santa himself! Well not the real Santa, but it just so happens that our copier technician looks a lot like Santa.
(Yup, I’m not just a mom with a Mac, The Ringmaster and a Pastor’s Wife, I work 30+ hours outside of my home doing some super top secret stuff that you don’t want to know about because you would “disappear” if you did.) 🙂
I snapped a “selfie” with Anthony (pronounced Antny) and initiated Operation North Pole. After dinner, I had everyone come and take a seat in our family room. I announced that I had a top secret meeting with a very important person at my office today.
I said, “oh wait, I took a picture of the VIP, would you like to see it.” I pulled out my phone and showed them the “selfie” of me and “Santa”. I continued, “Santa is very concerned because he has not yet received a Christmas letter from Micah and it is getting really close to his deadline.”
Micah’s eyes, now as large as Frisbees met mine as he asked for a piece of paper and a pen. It worked! Just like all of those episodes of Alias. He coughed up the information.
The only thing that would have made this a bit more satisfying is if I had printed out the picture of Santa and me, placed it in a manila folder, slid it across the table, asked Micah to open it and watched him sweat. But I think I’ll save that tactic for teenaged Micah.
Until next time…Fly high and dazzle ’em!
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