Before I begin,
no they don’t all walk into a bar.
They do however have meaning
for each of us
whether it be remembering
how each has represented
memories of our childhood,
or now that we have become adults
become a part of our
passing down the lies
to comply with tradition.
There is no question
that the meaning for such events
have been lost along the way
but I just wanted to have some fun with this
in the hopes that it jars some memories
for each and every one of you.
Look back to the lengths
we have all gone to,
or those of our parents,
when it came
or tricking such innocent minds.
the tooth fairy
(which by the way has raised her price for a tooth since I was a kid)
the calculation and sneakiness
to convince a child
that teeth are actually worth something.
All they have to do
is tie a string from their loose tooth
to a door knob
and slam that sucker
(of course back in the day)
some believed more in the pliers theory.
Nothing like telling a kid,
do what you need to do
to make some money.
Seeing as the rate of teeth has risen,
I am betting some of you
are thinking you could have used that pillow money
for the braces on those new replacement teeth
you eventually had to straighten anyway.
Now onto the Easter Bunny and Jesus.
So the story goes
that a big, white and cute rabbit
sneaks into your house
and places chocolates
and possibly a bicycle
in the weirdest places.
(the dryer was always the one that I found amusing in my frantic search through the house)
and really never did get
what a bunny had to do
with the resurrection of Jesus.
Unless someone neglected to tell us
that when Jesus came back
he had a pet bunny
who felt the need to leave a trail
of his droppings behind him.
Kind of explains the shape of those little wrapped chocolate eggs
scattered all over the house Easter morning.
Last but not the least
(and the kids favorite of all)
The jolly guy in the big red suit.
The one used as bribery
to have the kids do what we want
especially come December.
Or in other cases,
convincing little minds
that a happy fat guy
can actually wiggle and fit
down a chimney
with a bike or doll-house
(completely assembled of course)
and actually have the time
in his very busy evening
to scoff down
milk and cookies
and still cover the globe
in one night with one sleigh
and toys for every child on the planet
strapped to the back.
Let’s not forget his flying reindeer as well.
As ridiculous as that one sounds,
it did work and still does.
So now that I have made some
pretty fair assessments
to the extremes we will go to
when it comes to keeping traditions alive.
You really have to consider
why on earth
do we still allow ourselves to continue
with all the charades and foolishness
to appease our children?
we do teach them that lying is very wrong.
It’s simple really.
Although we have veered so far off
from what the true meaning of
these important occasions
have ever stood for,
and most is based on deception and lies
when it comes to our children.
There’s nothing wrong with creating
magic and memories
that will always last a lifetime.
As adults we eventually learn the truth,
and pretty sure none of us are damaged by the deceit.
The secret isn’t about the lying,
it’s about keeping the magic alive.
I remember the happiness in my heart
when it came to all the anticipation,
and although my parents
went above and beyond
in the grand scheme of things
to pull off what seemed to be the perfect plot
year after year,
I actually have some amazing reminders
of what all the fuss was really about.
Ladies and gentlemen…
When you feel a bit overwhelmed
in what craziness is needed
to get through one of these life events,
take a minute to breathe.
Thank your lucky stars
that you were duped as a child as well,
a given the chance to experience
the betrayal and silliness.
be thankful for the helping hands
who pulled everybody through it.
Here’s to our partners in crime!
how could we have ever
made any of the stories believable to kids
when it comes to
Jesus and a rabbit,
chocolate eggs in the dryer,
money appearing under a pillow,
a fat guy in a red suit
handing out free toys,
but my most favorite of all…
a flying red-nosed reindeer and his cronies!
Make it a great day everybody!