In response to the WL Christmas Challenge.
As Aaron entered the kitchen Sam was
leaning against the counter with his arms
crossed obviously deep in thought.
"Quarter for your thoughts?"
"A quarter? Why a quarter?" Sam looked at
"Well, a penny's not worth anything anymore and I thought
Sam gave Aaron that smile that Aaron thought he
reserved just for him. That
smile that lit his eyes with a combination of
love and desire. But, Sam's
question surprised him, "Aaron, did you believe
in Santa Claus when you were
"I did, but not for long, I
think. Our Christmases were pretty quiet. What about
I really loved Christmas as a kid." Sam had a dreamy look in his
was pure magic. I remember wanting Santa to be real so badly, I looked
proof everywhere. I remember going for car rides to look at all the
lights and all I could do was scan the sky for a sleigh and
Aaron smiled at him. There still is a bit of that awed wonder
in him, he
thought. It was so very easy to love Sam.
"Is that what you
were thinking about?" He asked.
"Well, sort of. I was thinking that if we
had a kid I think it would be great to
let him or her believe in Santa. And
that I know exactly how I'd prove Santa is
They had been
talking off and on about some of the realities of raising a child.
Aaron was now to the point that he didn't flinch when Sam brought up
"How would you prove it?"
Sam paused and gave a little
smile, "Reindeer poop."
"What?" Aaron asked, laughing.
make something that looked like reindeer poop and put it on the lower
near the chimney. You know, right where Santa would park the sleigh while
went down the chimney. Then we could look out the upper windows and see it.
mean what else would be up there pooping on a roof? It would be solid
Sam gave him a satisfied smile.
Oh yes, it was so very easy to