Elise has been consumed this evening with making a Christmas list. I saw her staring at a blank page and asked her what was on her mind. Was she trying to figure out what toy she wanted most?
Elise: The problem is that I already have a lot of toys. It’s difficult to come up with something I want that I don’t already have.
Me: Well, that’s an awfully nice problem to have, don’t you think?
Elise: You aren’t helping.
Me: Well, perhaps instead of toys, you might consider experiences that you want to have. Places you would like to go, or whatever.
Elise: How is Santa going to leave an “experience” for me under the tree? An experience is not a thing.
Me: I don’t know. I hear Santa is pretty creative. I’m sure he’ll come up with something.
So here’s her list:
- A real breathing baby dragon.
- Ninja course
- The chance to train a wolf.
Me: I think it’s probably going to be hard for Santa to find a real baby dragon, considering that dragons aren’t real. [Tries not to laugh at the irony.]
Elise: He has flying reindeer. He probably knows where to find dragons too.
Me: Hard to argue with that. Um, “the chance to train a wolf.”
Elise: You told me to think of an experience I would like to have. Training a wolf would be a great experience.
Me: Sure, why not. [Ponders whether the ninja course is for her or the wolf.]
Nothing prepares you for children.