Monday, November 30, 2009

The End and the Beginning

When I woke this morning the snow was falling lightly. Have I mentioned how grateful I am to have had a snow-free November? Well, almost. I accept that it's November 30 and that the snow will fall. There wasn't even that much, enough to make a couple of snow balls or leave behind a few footprints.

And remember my chewed up compost bin? Here's what it looked like at 5:30 a.m.

Tomorrow morning the advent calendars will be started, the store bought one and the home made one. Christmas is coming and having that bit of snow made it all the more real. While we were out walking the dogs tonight Riley told me that today his teacher had told his class that their fathers are Santa Claus. Grade 1. A roomful of six-year old kids. Any takers on whether it is the place of a teacher to dispel the Santa Clause myth? I did a little talking dance around it with Riley and he decided that what the teacher really meant is that Santa Claus is everywhere and in each one of us. Have I said lately how much I love my boy?

On the subject of myth-busting, Patti Digh had a great post on her blog last week detailing a letter a mom wrote to her son when he discovered that the Tooth Fairy isn't real. Go here if you want to read it. I've saved it to pull from when that moment comes in my house. At Riley's current age, teeth are coming out left, right and center, but I'm hoping I'm not going to need it for a long, long time.

6 comments:

oreneta said...

Oh...SHoot...today is the 1st and I haven't get the advent calendars. Poop.

Beth said...

First snow greeted me this morning! (The exclamation point does not denote delight.)

What was Riley’s teacher thinking???

Snap said...

Riley's teacher is obviously nuts and didn't have a happy childhood or adulthood. There is a Santa Claus. I BELIEVE! Riley is correct -- he is in all of us.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Our son is at that stage, where he still wants to believe in this stuff, but is really questioning it all. Damn growing up. Damn the snow too. Ours all melted...

And, funnily enough, my word ver is hothele!!

Deb said...

I would be furious with that teacher. Unless it was some kind of slip, she had no place there whatsoever. Glad your son's imagination found a way around the devastating news.

sherry ♥ lee said...

Is that teacher on crack?? I think you handled this brilliantly by the way -- and thankfully Riley came home and talked about it with you. I wonder at those little ones who may not have said anything to mom or dad?