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Addendum to Santa


Dear Santa,

Hi, I am Azul’s mom, hope you’re doing well. I am not sure what the protocol is for such a letter, but thank you for taking the time to read it.

Since mastering the skill of writing, Azul has been very concerned with getting his letter to you just right. Although my seven year-old has been writing for a couple of years, this year he’s worked diligently and produced a number of rewrites. And with each new composition there are the addition and subtraction of wants and gifts, which I’m sure you are already aware of. He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake …

He has been a good boy this year (quite frankly he was awesome), but I am concerned with some of the items on his list, they seem to be fairly extravagant this year, including things like industrial sized vending machines, drones and computers.


After much convincing (basically begging) on my part, he no longer wants a sandwich/soda vending machine for his room. Whew! 

In his final letter, he settled on a new laptop computer. I reminded him that we already have two computers in the house and really don’t need one more.


Since my begging already met some success with him, I am now moving to the source to beg.

Pleeeease Santa, do not get him a computer for Christmas, laptop or otherwise!

Thank you and Merry Christmas.


P.S. Azul will have cookies and egg nog for you on Christmas Eve night, and carrots for your reindeer. Have a safe trip.


Attack Now


Every parent knows the undertaking of communication with your child can be a slow process of huge milestones. First, you start with the verbal, tiny screams of an infant, the cute cries of helplessness that tug at your heart-strings. And in a state of confusion you try to understand what your child is telling you. To any new parents out there, they usually they need to be held, fed, or changed. And when you are successful, you’ll think, whew! At least I understood that.

Then as your child’s vocal cords grow, so do the bellows, but the meanings of their communication stays the same, only louder, a lot louder.

Through the baby years, your child’s realization of their environment increases and so do their demands. Now there are grunts and finger-pointing that accompany the cries, both of these make it easier to determine what you child wants. The addition of the non-verbal cues really do help. Then comes the cooing, sweet spit bubbles and small words like “mama” and “dada.” This is when it starts to get fun. Your child is communicating that they do recognize you and by doing so, they are now formally thanking you for all you have been doing for them for the last year or so. You’re welcome! 

Next, the non-verbal communication and babbling turns into full-fledged talking. Yay! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, your toddler can finally talk and the things that they are ready to say are awesome. But, once the talking starts there is no stopping it and it becomes a constant companion to your child’s personality. Although you will never have a quiet moment again, the good news is, kids are funny if you let them say what they want.

The last task of completing the communication trinity is writing. Once that is introduced they are now able to communicate without speaking. Which needs a lot of verbal explanation! It first starts with drawing and then they begin to add words into the mix. Now things get really amusing and in addition, you now have crayon inspired evidence. More fun! And because children begin writing phonetically, and we all know how tricky the English language can be, things are not always as simple they appear.

At this point your child now has a pocket full of resources to use while communicating, verbal, non-verbal and writing, and they know how use or not use each one of them to get their point across. And when the day comes, when you are given a hand written note you need to approach each word carefully, repeating and rereading, just to make sure you are reading what you think you are reading. And while you are in a state of communication confusion, not again,  they know exactly what they are saying.

Azul, my six year-old, spoke not a word to me as he held up his hand written sign. I looked at it trying to figure out what it was saying and then I carefully read it aloud.

“Attic … something” is where I started, his non-verbal communication told me I was wrong, so I slowly tried again, sounding much like a baby babbling random sounds.

“Attack. Now?” I said with some hesitation.

Then he threw down the sign and did as he was told. HE ATTACKED ME!

As every parent knows the undertaking of communication with your child can be a slow process of huge milestones, and then sometimes you just get attacked.

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