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    Doctor Who And The Planet Of The Ironies

    | Christchurch, New Zealand | Children, Nephews & Nieces, Theme Of The Month

    (The family has gathered to watch the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special. The alien antagonists are call ‘The Silence.’ My nephew, who has been chatting and noisily rummaging in the toybox throughout, speaks up:)

    Nephew: “What on Earth is silence?”

    (We couldn’t agree more!)

    Not A Family Friendly Christmas

    | Athens, Greece | Children, Siblings, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (I am in the kitchen with my husband while our four children decorate the Christmas tree. I look into the living room to make sure they’re being good.)

    Me: *to my husband* “Aren’t they sweet? For once, they’re playing nicely.”

    (Just then, my almost five-year-old daughter comes running to us with a big grin.)

    Daughter: “Mama! Instead of a star, can we cut off [Sister]‘s head and put it at the top of the tree?”

    Losing Your Religion Over It

    | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK | Children, Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (I am in my local Pakistani owned corner shop, shortly before Christmas. The owner’s two young children are playing around the shelves in the shop.)

    Owner: *to his kids* “Hey, you two. If you don’t start behaving, I’ll phone Santa and remind him we are Muslim.”

    A Christmas Pajama Party

    | Portland, OR, USA | Children, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (One of the kids I babysit is at that adorable age of generosity. She and her mother are doing a Christmas charity walk with a Santa at the end.)

    Mother: “So, honey, what are you going to ask Santa for?”

    Daughter: “Pajamas.”

    Mother: “But you already have pajamas.”

    Daughter: “Not for me! For [Brother]; I think he needs pajamas. Daddy, too. Daddy needs pajamas.”

    (Santa was very amused.)

    Don’t Discount His Ambition

    | Tulalip, WA, USA | Children, Nephews & Nieces

    (One of my nephews has certain peculiar ways of thinking and reacting that have made some family members question whether he might have a problem with his neurological development. One day, I show him a music video I made using video game footage and an upbeat country song.)

    Song: “Tumble out of bed and I stumble to the kitchen; pour myself a cup of ambition…”

    (Since the game didn’t have a good shot of the main character drinking coffee, instead the clip shows them eating pancakes. Forward a couple months, and I’m playing video games with my nephew, using a mod that lets us grow a wide variety of crops. He quickly figures out how to brew coffee, and hands me some.)

    Nephew: “Here, have a cup of ambition!”

    (Any time I wonder if he’s all right in the head, I’m gonna think back on this, remembering that neither the song nor the associated clip ever directly mentioned coffee. He made that association entirely on his own.)

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