Yes, I know...Thanksgiving was just yesterday. It's too early for this stuff...bah-humbug.
However, Santa came to town today.
Arrived in the harbor on a Coast Guard boat.
I wasn't sure if I was going to bring the boys down so I felt it out with Brian first.
"Brian, do you want to see Santa today?"
So that was decided. We were going.
When it was time to go he got dressed without a single complaint. We walked down to the harbor, passing his favorite toy store...he hesitated. I told him that if we went in we would miss Santa's arrival.
He continued walking.
He hung out on the pier not taking his eyes off of the ocean and he waved and smiled when he saw the Coast Guard boat pull in.
He grabbed my hand and pulled me INTO the crowd so he could get up close to Santa.
He went right up to Santa and tried to rub his gloved hand on Santa's red suit.
He posed for a picture.
On the walk home we stopped at the toy store. Brian pointed to a train set way up high on the shelf. I said, "Not today but you could put it on your list to Santa."
He smiled and said, "Yes, Santa."
He turned around and was ready to leave the store.
We had at least three situations in that hour that would, on a normal day, generate crying and maybe some foot-stomping.
I think he's finally bought in to this whole Santa thing...
and I couldn't be more excited!