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Old 01-01-2008, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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(This isnt the first time that I have been caught in my civies by a child who is sure I am St Nick. ) I love it each and every time!
You must be related to my K, then... he has the same experience, even though he is blonde with a reddish beard. But the shape of his beard (and the rest of him as well) and his gentle disposition/vibe do easily lead youngsters down that path... not even always around Holiday time either! One young'un that I recall gave the "Mommy! There's SANTA CLAUS!" call from her perch in a shopping cart in the pet isles at Wal-Mart back in July.

He, also, "plays along"... asked her if she had been being good, etc and Ho Ho-ed us down the isle in search of "reindeer chow." I'm glad he y'all can pretend with them so well... It is fun watching.

 
Old 01-01-2008, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Maine
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You must spread some reputation before blah blah blah.... That's really nice elston. What a great thing to do!
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Talking Surrogate Santa's

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You must be related to my K, then... he has the same experience, even though he is blonde with a reddish beard. But the shape of his beard (and the rest of him as well) and his gentle disposition/vibe do easily lead youngsters down that path... not even always around Holiday time either! One young'un that I recall gave the "Mommy! There's SANTA CLAUS!" call from her perch in a shopping cart in the pet isles at Wal-Mart back in July.

He, also, "plays along"... asked her if she had been being good, etc and Ho Ho-ed us down the isle in search of "reindeer chow." I'm glad he y'all can pretend with them so well... It is fun watching.
Yes it often happens in the off season--in July or August I will feel the intense stares and see the shy whispering between Mom and child, and the peeks, if they say anything....I go right along with it....what an honor to be mistaken for the most beloved figure of childhood if they just peek and shyly smile I give then a wink and a nod and go on with my work. I bet there are lots of surrogate santa's in the supermarket aisles and airport waiting rooms.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:34 AM
 
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I had a really sweet experience this evening while shopping at the supermarket. There was a young couple and a friend shopping with a tired little guy about 5 years old. I sorta noticed he was sheepishly glancing at me and his Mom said, "He's wondering if you are Santa Claus" I asked him if he thought I was Santa and with wide eyes he nodded. I said, "Well of course I am! But Christmas is over so I am on vacation. I really need to do some shopping." Then I asked him if he liked what I left him this year, he obviously did though I couldnt understand what I had left him that he liked the best. We chatted a bit about my reindeer and the carrots, being a good boy and helping Mommy all year so I could come again next year, he said he puts his toys in the toy box......and then I did one of my ho ho ho's that brought a look of wonder to his little face and then I was off down the aisle as fast as the jolly old elf went up the chimney! (This isnt the first time that I have been caught in my civies by a child who is sure I am St Nick. ) I love it each and every time!
Oh Elston, that is just a wonderful thing to do! What a kind man you are.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Anyone know why I can't Rep anyone this morning? I keep getting the "you must spread it around" pop up box, no matter who I'm trying to rep.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Florida&Eastport
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I'm getting the same message.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:50 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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Well, here it is, January 1, 2008 - yesterday I went to the store and bought a brand new 2008 calendar and a brand new blue Sharpie. I have the calendar above my computer desk and the Sharpie is hanging from a string next to it.

Today I get to put a big, blue X on January 1. Do you all know what that means?????


That means it's only 152 days until we leave for Eastport.

Can't get that much more homesick for a place than that. Do ya'll think I may be a wee bit obsessive about getting back to my "real" home? Giggle!!
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Florida&Eastport
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Well, here it is, January 1, 2008 - yesterday I went to the store and bought a brand new 2008 calendar and a brand new blue Sharpie. I have the calendar above my computer desk and the Sharpie is hanging from a string next to it.

Today I get to put a big, blue X on January 1. Do you all know what that means?????


That means it's only 152 days until we leave for Eastport.

Can't get that much more homesick for a place than that. Do ya'll think I may be a wee bit obsessive about getting back to my "real" home? Giggle!!
We are right there with you Corgis..."obsessive about getting back to our real home".
 
Old 01-01-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I found an ad in December's Down East for Maine wall calendars. I'm going to order one this week. My MIL used to buy me a new calendar every Christmas. For some reason (probably because the universe knew I needed one from Maine ) she didn't buy one this year.
 
Old 01-01-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Ok. Calendar ordered. Moose & Pine tree windchime on it's way from Gray, ME and Maine State Seal bumper sticker to put on my new van. I think we're ready to barrel our way through 2008 and right on into Maine.
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