"All I want for Christmas is an airsoft rifle and an iTouch," said my 10-next-week son, Sebastian.
"Well, you'll be disappointed, then."
"How do you know that? How do you know what Santa will give me?" He said, voice laced with cynicism.
"I just know. And I will make it known. That assault-weapon-looking guns are not, nor will they ever be, welcome in this house."
Silence. Maybe tense. But quiet, as Sebastian tries to find a come-back, or, no doubt, a defense for his wishes.
Patrick, 5-years-old-next-week joins the conversation. Softly.
"What I would like to ask Santa for? .... Is a machine. ....A machine that could make you one or two. Whenever you went in it. Like a baby.
I would like that."
"Because I would like very much for you to carry me like that again."
"Oh, pPod. That would be nice."
"Yeah," he said, wistfully, "it really would."
(We lived in Florida. There was a hurricane. He bathed in pool water. In a bucket. It was chilly. He was, and is, unflappable.)