Halloween hasn't come and gone, but I'm already thinking that I should send my letter to Santa Claus in a little early this year.
I'm counting on your discretion, because truth be told, I sent the same list last year and didn't get any of these presents under my tree. The eternal optimist in me is thinking Santa just didn't get my list in time to deliver the real goods.
That's why I'm giving the old man one more chance.
I got the idea for my own letter to Santa last year when my kids were working on their lists. Now it's been more than a few decades since I wrote a letter to Santa. But, since I was a young girl in the 70's, the technology Santa had to choose from was pretty antiquated.
Back in the dark ages of 1972, it was a big deal that my doll house had battery-powered lights, or that all I had to do was pull a string to get Barbie to say how pretty she was.
When you think of the technology that's at our fingertips today, Santa could really come through with a few items that would not only be helpful to me, but to mothers everywhere.
Plus there is always the chance that he would like to make amends for that Chatty Kathy doll I never got.
So without further ado, here is my letter to Santa (only slightly amended from last year).
I've been a very good mommy this year. Besides the usual cooking and cleaning that I do everyday (Please don't laugh Santa, I do all those things, I just don’t do them very well), I have taken the kids to the orthodontist, the doctor, driven to music lessons, dance lessons, birthday parties, chorus practice, various clubs, and dances.
I also went to two birthday parties at Chuck E Cheese this year, this in itself should put me on the top of the "Nice" list.
I know you are very busy, and I’m not expecting miracles, but if you get a chance and can send me a few of these items I would really appreciate it:
I would like a GPS to find the body I had before I had my three children. I have looked for it at various weight-loss programs, gyms and a host of workout DVDs, but I can’t find it anywhere. I'm getting desperate. HELP!
I would like an App that allows my children to remember what I told them five minutes ago. I realize my mother asked for something similar when I was a kid, but technology has come so far since then that I'm thinking this really should be do-able in 2011.
Extra memory would be a great gift and so helpful for my parenting. My own memory card is so used and old that I can no longer remember my own kids’ names. I call them by various terms of endearment and, of course, their siblings’ names. Now that my youngest is insisting that I only call him by his full name, I'm running out of options.
I could really use an upgrade on my patience. I have a 12-year-old who will soon be 13… need I say more.
A "pause" button would be fantastic! My children are growing up so fast. Yesterday, my daughter put on three coats, four hats, a tiger mask, and a princess crown then said to me, "Don’t I look beautiful?" And, as I type this I can hear our 6-year-old asking his teddy bear if he needs a time-out. There are so many moments I would just like to freeze.
I would like a power cord that allows me to plug it in whenever my battery is low. Having three kids and very little sleep is starting to wear down my original power supply.
Finally, could you slip some gratitude into my stocking? I know I could use it. I have so much to be thankful for. Too often I let the day to day grind keep me from remembering.
Thank you! Please forgive the messy house. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!
I will let you all know if I had better luck this year!
(Author's Note: I posted my first "Letter to Santa" in December of 2010 on Momster.com where I wrote under the name "Blessed Mom Of Three." This is an updated version.)