Thursday, December 01, 2005
( 8:44 AM ) teahouse
He Knows If You've Been Bad or Good
Yesterday on my way to work, I passed a little girl (no more than 3 or 4 years old), sitting on the sidewalk, waving her arms, bawling and refusing to move, while her exasperated mother stood next to her and did everything she could to get her to stop crying.
The girl was screaming so loudly, passersby like me were slowing down and staring.
The mother was clearly embarrassed. She coaxed and cajoled, threatened and yelled.
Finally, the mother reached her breaking point.
"Ok, that's it!" she snapped. "I'm telling Santa Claus!"
It was like turning off a switch. Immediately, the little girl stopped crying and stood up obediently. She let her mother grab her hand and continue walking. #