Isaac and his cousin, Grace - Easter 2011
You certainly can't tell by the look on his face in this picture, which was taken earlier today, but I think it is safe to say that this Easter will be a memorable for Isaac, and not in the best way.
Yesterday, my brother and his boys came to our house to begin the 2011 Easter celebration. We went to church together, went out for wings, came home and roasted marshmallows in the fire pit... and then, after a very long day, the kids and I went to bed.
Or so Matt thought.
Matt was putting together the Easter baskets in the laundry room after he thought everyone was asleep. A few minutes later, Audrey came down to let Matt know that Isaac had come down stairs, and unfortunately, he had seen Matt putting the baskets together.
(This year will be the last time we do that task solo. Whose idea was THAT?)
Isaac ended up running into Audrey's room, bawling uncontrollably, because... "Mom and Dad have been lyyyyyyyyyyyyyyying to me...!!!"
He was able to get past it last night, and this morning, this conversation happened:
Isaac: Mom, you know about my discovery, right?
Me Yep, I do.
Isaac: Mom, does that mean that Santa isn't real?
Me: Do you think he is real?
Isaac: Yes (with a head nod). I do.
Me: Will you be upset if you find out he isn't?
(insert here: Isaac in fetal position behind my chair with many tears falling from his eyes while he cries uncontrollably)
Me: Isaac, baby, tell me what makes you so upset about knowing that the Easter bunny and Santa aren't real.
Isaac: Because you and Dad have been lyyyyyyyyyyyyyyying to me...!!!
Ugh. The kid's sensitivity will be something I will be stand in awe of when he is older and is tending to the every need of the special woman in his life... but right now, it is killing me!
He isn't worrying that since he "is in the know" with all things legendary in childhood, that the magic will be gone and maybe he won't be allowed or want to participate... He is upset because we lied to him.
(For the record, we have never lied to him about E.B. or Santa. When he has asked the question, we turn around and ask him another question, so not to have to answer his question. Purposely ingenious. Yet, he doesn't remember THAT part.)
Isaac & Audrey and cousins Seth & Grace - Easter 2011
Come on dood, really? You find out the Easter bunny isn't real, but you STILL hold on to the thread of hope that Santa is?
Oh my sweet, sensitive, believing boy...
I do hope he can put two and two together the next time he loses a tooth. Because that may save us a few bucks.
So, tell me, what story do you have from when your child(ren) found out the truth?
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