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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Baby

I thought, as I sit here watching It's A Wonderful Life, while a cool breeze comes through an open door, and my beautiful tree twinkles with colored lights, that I would share a Christmas time memory...before it becomes forgotten.

About two years ago, Tim and I and our beautiful girls were riding around town. CJ, my oldest, who was eight years old at the time, was being pissy about something. The first thing that popped into my head to tell her, to straighten up her behavior, was a funny thing that happened on Bob and the Showgram (local radio station G105's morning dude).

It was a bit called Santa Scared Straight, and it was for Santa (AKA Bob) to call misbehaving children and tell them that Santa was watching them misbehave (with examples from mom and/or dad) and that they better straighten up their act or else...

Well, Santa's "or else's" were quite hilarious. And the one I used on CJ, I thought, was the most hilarious one I heard from, Bob.

So to continue...CJ was throwing hissy fits about something. So I turned around and told her "Santa's watching you...if you don't start behaving, he's going to take one of Brenna's legs away."

Apparently, this is not as funny to an eight year old as it is to a 38 year old. Far from it as she shrieked and wailed in absolute horror. The very opposite of any reaction I would have ever thought, and let me tell you, there wasn't much thinking on my part before I said this to just came out so I had no expectation of a reaction...but as soon as she screamed in horror, I thought: hmmm...that probably wasn't the best thing to say to her.

I'm not sure if she's fully recovered. It's one of those events that we "bury" under the OOPS rug, where I have swept many of my great parenting moments...

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