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I didn’t want to say yes, and I didn’t want to say no

A True Christmas Memory…

Here’s the story (excerpted from¬†The Littlest Miracle, a book to be released soon) I didn’t want to say yes, and I didn’t want to say no…

Kama is is 3, and very excited about Christmas. We go to a party at Uncle Chico’s House.

The rumor is that Santa will be there.

Instead of being excited, Kama looks a little nervous. Well I thought to myself: I’d be nervous myself, meeting Santa…

After dinner at the party, there is a knock at the door, and there is the legendary man himself: Santa Claus.

All the kids line up getting ready to sit on his lap and tell Santa what they want. Kama gets in the back of the line…she still has the funny expression on her face.

When her turn comes up she slowly goes up to Santa.”Ah Kamalei…” he says “So nice to see you… Have you been a good girl this year?..”Kama says nothing. Santa is stunned.

He asks her again. She remains tight lipped and does not respond…

In desperation, Santa laughs and says “Oh of course you’ve been a good girl!”

Kama whispers in Santa’s ear, and smiles.Santa announces that he needs to go. “Merry Christmas to all!” he shouts as he goes through the door.

I looked at Kama and ask her why she did not tell Santa she had been a good girl…

“Dad” she explains, “I didn’t want to say yes, and I didn’t want to say no!

…I didn’t want to get in trouble…”

Wow, I thought, way smarter than I thought. Kama basically pleaded the 5th.

If she said yes, she was a good girl, she would have been lying, and she would not get presents. 

If she said no, she was not a good girl she would be telling the truth, but she still wouldn’t get anything.

So instead, she chose to not incriminate herself…and said nothing!

Brilliant reasoning I thought….”you are my Littlest Miracle…”