Lying to your kids. For ladies and gentlemen of my generation? Well, it’s a new thing.
For our parents? They are seriously thinking “Oh darn, they’ve finally figured it out.” And they mean us. If you just started lying to your own kids, this means you just figured out that your own parents lied to you.
Case in point: a few months ago, Vince and Edward were playing with the light switch in V’s bedroom. Flicking in on. And off. And on. And off. Andonandoffandonandoffandonandoffandonandoffandoff.
“Guys!! Don’t do that! You’ll start a fire!” I shouted dramatically. Which is, apparently, the only way I know how to shout. Unless it’s at work. Then I shout calmly. With dramatic license. Maybe that’s the same thing…
Edward looked at me. With humour. “It’ll start a what? What will it start Jame?”
“A fire. It’ll start a… hmmm… fire. Ya.”
“And who told you that?”
“My Mummy. My Mummy told me it would start a fire,” I said, petulantly, like a 3 year old. A three year old who knew they were wrong.
“Jame. Your Mum totally LIED to you,” Edward stated fake solemnly. Bastard. Seriously for years. YEARS. I thought that was the truth. It’s the little things, right? It was just a small lie, one that you’d forget about, one that would just become ingrained… (But regardless, I’ll still blame my husband)
And so, apparently, we all carry it on.
This past Christmas when we decided to take the tree down, we did it overnight. So when V woke up in the morning, it was gone. Coming downstairs, he was rather surprised.
“Mummy!! Where’d da tree go?!”
“Santa took it, back to the North Pole baby. Next year, he’ll bring it back.”
“Mummy? Where da weeth go?? And da lights?”
“Santa took the wreath and lights, baby. To the North Pole. But he’ll bring them back in December!”
“Oh, ok Mummy!”
And that has worked for several months….
This last week or so?
Whole buildings have disappeared. Random items from the house. Dirty underwear. Garbage. Chewies toys. Etc etc…
“Mummy!! Santa took it!! He took the building! And da fire truck! And da Christmas Dog movie!”
“No baby, no he didn’t” (Although, ‘Santa Paws’ can stay with Santa. I don’t want it back. Stupid movies about dogs with magical Christmas powers…)
Santa apparently has taken everything or is about to take everything. Vince doesn’t say too much about him bringing those things back. I wasn’t trying to make him out to be a bad guy, just trying to find an explanation for why these things disappeared over night.
So it has now turned into a constant re-imagining of life. Because Santa can and, apparently, will, crop up and take things. He will TAKE IT ALL.
And NOT BRING IT BACK.
I can just see years worth of either therapy or lying ahead of me. Probably lying. Lots and lots of lying. Hopefully not therapy. Could be expensive…
xoxo a.m. (the big fat liar)