Saturday, December 13, 2008

What happened to Santa?

Mia's one and only true wish this Christmas it to have a flying Barbie. Yes, I know that there is no such thing as a flying Barbie, but I haven't been able to effectively convey that to her and she is generally pretty sure that she is right about everything and her mom is kind of an idiot. Now, I haven't had much practice at this playing Santa gig that all parents are suppose to do, this is only my third go at it. So I'm not exactly sure how to proceed. I got her a Barbie with huge butterfly wings ( I don't know why, but it kind of creeps me out) but I know that the minute she opens it she is going to launch it into the air and be bitterly disappointed. So, do I just not give it to her, or would that be a bigger disappointment? Or do I explain that Santa's elves are huge slackers and didn't make the Barbie properly and they will be receiving a letter from my lawyer? Ooo! Or maybe I could create an elaborate system of fishing line and pulleys all over our house and hook it up so it appears to be flying and just hope it never crosses her mind to take it anywhere else. Suggestions? Comments?

The other things she has asked for are: a puppy, an iPod, and a pony. Now I am kind of secretly asking Santa for a puppy too, but my husband has threatened something akin to a Hulk type reaction if a dog ever comes into his home. So, a puppy may be on hold until he softens up a little...or goes senile or something. And a pony wouldn't be too happy in the back yard of our little home with .15 acres so I'm pretty sure that one is dead in the water too. However, I do have an old iPod sitting around since I got my new one so I suppose I could easily download the Wiggles (and her other favorite songs that I won't admit I let her listen to) and wrap it up for her, but there is something fundamentally wrong with a three year old with an iPod. Wouldn't it be kind of unnerving to see a little girl who can't even read yet wandering through the mall with the little ear buds in? I'll have to think that one through some more before I decide what to do.

Oh, and the one thing that makes me do a little happy dance is that she has asked for lip gloss...lots and lots of lip gloss. I have a bit of a penchant for any sort of lip covering (Yes, I know that is an understatement, stop rolling your eyes) and it sort of warms my heart that I have passed that trait on to the future generation.

So, I'm wondering, does this Santa gig ever get any easier? Should I be rooting for the day she is a teenager and I can just hand her a wad of cash and say "Merry Christmas, kid" and still be a good parent?


ALICIA said...

So my 5 year old is asking for an iPod too. I am opting for the rest of the things on her list instead of the iPod this year. But Ali has lots of things on her list so I don't think she'll be too disappointed. I was thinking about the same exact Barbie with big wings. I don't know what else you could do. I would probably tell mine that they haven't figured out how to make a real flying Barbie yet and give her that Mariposa one.
But heck, if you want to give Mia an iPod,then give it to her. I think Gage got his when he was 6 or 7.

Amy said...

We used to have a flying Tinkerbell that my Dad got Whitney. It flew. I don't know if they are around anymore.

Kirk said...

I have two things to say here: First, I think it is a heart-warming testament to what an awesome mother you are that you are taking a request like a flying barbie so seriously. When I was four, I asked for a train set with SQUARE wheels so I could be original. My parents didn't lose any sleep over the physics of it - they just said "they don't exist, and wouldn't be much fun if they did." The fact that you are turning to your fans for suggestions as to how you could actually make this work brings a tear to my eye.

Second, you could just give her the Barbie with wings and tell her to pretend it can fly, because you've heard real flying Barbies have a high escape rate and you don't want her to have to see her Christmas fly away. And if that doesn't work, you can buy model rocket engines fairly cheap at any hobby shop! One of those babies plus a little duct tape and her winged Barbie would fly to Denver...

Happy-Hardings said...

I love how much you love lipgloss