Click below to hear Sam’s versions of Away in the Manger and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. I think you’ll find that the ending of Raindrops is much improved.
Sam and I are home alone today on a beautiful sunny Christmas Eve. We spent part of our morning playing tractor on the pathway through the woods close to our house. There was a time when playing tractor simply meant pushing it around. Now the tractor spins out of control, falls into ditches, gets stuck in mud, runs out of gas, and carries loads of logs to “stations” along the road.
We’ve been avoiding Santa visits for the last few years because of the intolerable lines. We almost didn’t make it this year either, but we saw that a small shopping center near us was hosting Santa today and decided that it was time. Sam was super excited to see Santa and practiced telling him what he wants. In his practice sessions, he yelled out “A SPIDER!!!” excitedly. As we approached the line (which was refreshingly short), I told Sam that sometimes we all get a little nervous to talk to Santa, and that it’s OK if he feels shy. His response was, “I don’t get nervous to talk to people. Sometimes I get cranky when you guys tell me what to do, but I don’t get nervous”. Fair enough.
We waited in line, and as we got closer to Santa, Sam started to position himself behind us and laugh nervously. I’m sure it didn’t help that 4 of the kids in line in front of him cried, and the other 2 refused to approach the sleigh. Sam was nervous, but Santa talked to him very nicely and invited him onto the sleigh. We took a few pictures. At the end, Santa asked what he wanted, and Sam whispered “a spider”. As we walked away, Sam said, “I whispered to him very quietly, but I know he heard me!”
Sam took his first swimming class last summer. He really loved it but complained about certain parts, especially putting his head underwater. We had some extra time in December, so I decided to sign him up for another round of lessons, this time at the city pool. These lessons were very different for both of us! Last summer, I stayed close by during all lessons, sometimes even getting into the pool. At the city pool, parents are asked to watch the lessons from the balcony seating area. It shows how much Sam has matured that he didn’t mind being separated at all. I told the teacher that he was uncomfortable putting his head underwater, but he proved me wrong right from the start! His teacher is amazing, and I can’t believe how much he has learned in the last 2 weeks! She says he is ready to move on to level 2, which we will start in February.
Sam enjoys swimming lessons more than you can imagine. When he’s not working directly with the teacher, you can see him jumping, splashing, shouting, laughing, and bobbing underwater. He’s always tired when he comes home!