Sunday, December 25, 2011

What If. . .Santa Could

My favorite footnoteMaven Family Christmas Story!
Merry Christmas To You All!

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.

Originally posted in December 2009. The Boys have grown and should now be thoroughly embarrassed by their Grandmother writing about them.


Blogger Michelle Goodrum said...

Awww. That is so very sweet! Merry Christmas to you and all your family.

December 25, 2011 at 3:31 AM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

Merry Christmas Ugly Sista. OMG daughter is carbon copy of mother! Love you!

December 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Merry Christmas Michelle - fM

Merry Christmas Sista - Love you too! And just remember, no daughter likes to be told she looks like her mother unless her mother was Elizabeth Taylor. - fM

December 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

A very Merry Christmas to you! I hope you're having a wonderful day.

If only Santa could do miracles like that.......

December 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Sherry - Family Tree Writer said...

What a wonderful story! I so wish Santa could do miracles like that! My dad died when I was 12 also, and I would love to see him again.

He loved Christmas so much. Not for what he got, but for the joy he could see on other's faces!

You have beautiful grandchildren!

December 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Wendy Grant Walter said...

What a wonderful story... If only...

December 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Cherie Cayemberg said...

A beautiful story. It made me cry. If only Santa could!

Your daughter and grandsons are absolutely gorgeous!

December 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM  

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