"Let's go see Santa!"
Beatrice and Bryce were thrilled to bits to go see Santa this weekend. They didn't have long lists, but they did have their burning single requests ready to singe Santa's fluffy beard.
We arrived at Marini's Candies in downtown Santa Cruz, where Santa has had a regular gig for many years, and the girls lit up like Christmas stars. They immediately found themselves on each of his knees, smiles beaming from ear to ear.
And what made Santa beam ear to ear? When we told him we were just at an assisted care facility, one of the ones my wife works at delivering physical therapy, where we helped share a little Christmas cheer with the mostly older women patients suffering from varying degrees of dementia.
But that was the Mama and Daddy sharing proudly. What the girls really wanted to tell Santa was what they wanted for Christmas.
"That's a very nice thing you did today, girls," said Santa. "The nice things you do helps me do my job and give back to children all over the world."
The girls kept smiling; Bea looked a little nervous while Bryce was giddy with delight. We took pictures and encouraged them both.
"So, what would you like this year?" Santa asked Beatrice.
"Um...a Chuggington train for my tracks," Bea answered.
"And what would you like?" Santa asked Bryce.
"A space station!"
Right on, Girls. B movers and shakers. Always.