Monday, March 23, 2009

What If . . . Santa Could

Dillon, Heather, Wyatt

My daughter called. Wyatt, he of the Who's The Man On That Coin fame, had written a letter. A letter to Santa. A letter to Santa in March.

"Wow," I said. "He really is giving Santa a lot of time. It must be something big, what is it? A car?"

"No," my daughter answered. "Here, why don't I let Wyatt tell you." She handed the phone to Wyatt, and I heard him asking in the background, "Which Grandma is it?" "My Mom," she replied. It's always good to have your Grandmas straight, especially when you're going to talk about Santa I thought.

"Hi Grandma."

"Hey, Wyatt, I hear you wrote a letter to Santa." I cheerfully responded. "What did you ask for?"

"Do you want me to read the letter?" he asked.

"I'd love it, Wyatt."

He dropped the phone and ran to get his letter.

He got back on the phone and immediately started reading. "Merry Christmas, Wyatt to Santa. Can you bring my Dad's Dad back?"

I paused for a moment while he waited for my response. Needless to say I wasn't expecting this and I didn't want my emotions to show in my voice. Wyatt's Dad, my son-in-law, lost his father to MS when he was twelve years old. They were very close. They had done everything together; hunting, fishing, camping, all the "boy stuff." My son-in-law talks of his father often and still visits his grave.

"Wyatt, that's a lovely wish. Why did you ask for that?"

"It would make my Dad very happy," he answered so matter of factly.

Yes, yes it would. Things are so clear and simple when you're six while being at the same time so extremely complex.

"Grandma would like to write about your letter on her blog, if it's O.K. with you," I told Wyatt.

"Can you put it in the newspapers," he wanted to know.

"No, just on my blog. Will that do?"

"With the Alien Baby," he sounded a bit more excited. "Yes, with the Alien Baby," I confirmed. Thank heaven someone in my family reads me.

"Yep, Grandma," he yelled as he dropped the phone and ran off; Grandma time now boring him.

Oh WyMan, what a pure heart and an old soul. What if . . . Santa could! Why, I'd even write him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure do love my boys! Thanks for writing about them Mom

March 24, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Gini said...

Wow Footnote Maven, your grandsons are very special, I wish I could write something to Santa to bring him back. It really touched me, I wish for that with my Dad. Thank you for this post.

March 24, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Beautiful story. If only Santa could answer all of our wishes! That's a gorgeous photo of your gorgeous family.


March 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

If only wishes like these were possible. Hopefully his Dad will continue to share his Dad with Wyatt so one day he can share him with his son.

March 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

What a wonderful wish! We need more children like Wyatt in this world. If only the wish could be answered...

March 24, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

Someone is teaching that young man what is truly important in life. Thanks for letting us read this.

March 24, 2009 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Heather - I love those boys and you! - Mom

Donner - thanks for the gorgeous! No ugly stick at their house. I love them!

Greta - I think Heather is the best Mom, much better than I ever was. Those two boys are very lucky.

Gini, Apple, Nikki-ann - I think my son-in-law has done a wonderful job of keeping his father alive for his sons. To recognize this when you're six shows family is such a big part of Wyatt's life. Both Dillon and Wyatt have their Grandfather's spirit alive in their hearts.

As you can tell, I'm very proud. And the material they give me for this blog is priceless.


March 24, 2009 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Janet Hovorka said...

fM- You are absolutely right. The material they give you for this blog is priceless. Such a beautiful family you are blessed with.

March 25, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Barbara Holz Sullivan said...

fM, you made me cry and miss all those I wish I could talk to and ask questions of again. You have very special grandsons. How wonderful you and they have such profound conversations.

March 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Yes, Janet, I am so blessed. Seeing life through their eyes has opened mine.

Barb - I wish I could take credit for the profound nature of our conversations, but I always feel as if I'm caught up in a whirlwind when I talk with them, and I never know where I'm going to land.


March 25, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

Kids can say the darndest things, bless their little hearts. Thanks for sharing yours with us fM.

March 26, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Leah Kleylein said...

what a lovely story! It brought tears to my eyes...

March 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger MadMacedonian said...

Such a sweet story! ;-D

The Mad Macedonian

April 5, 2009 at 2:57 AM  

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