Dec 31, 2006

Dec 25, 2006

Can Santa Be Black?

From the our-kids web site, a constant source of inspiration:

Can Santa Be Black?
by B.J. Wrights

It happened in the kindergarten class,
Right at the table where they were having snack.
Joanie asked the question and they all sat back.
"Mr. Slater? Can Santa Claus be black?

Poor Mr. Slater didn't know what to say,
Christmas vacation was twenty days away.
There were snowflakes to cut and
Window wreaths to be hung,
Christmas cards to be painted,
And Christmas songs to be sung.

He hadn't time to think
What Christmas was about,
In twenty more days,
School would be out!

Why couldn't they wait
And ask their questions then,
When mommies and daddies
Were home to answer them?

"Mr. Slater? Can Santa be thin?"
"Is Santa Claus always a him?"

Mr. Slater looked at twenty pairs of eyes,
Twenty children of every shape and size.
He ate a bit of cracker and finished his drink.
"Children," he said,
"I'll need some time to think."

As soon as class was over,
He ran down the hall,
Skidded 'round a corner,
Crashed into a wall.
Ran up the steps to the second floor,
Rapped on the window of the principal's door.

"Ms. Frazer, Ms. Frazer, what can I do?
the children asked these questions
That now I ask of you:
"Can Santa Claus be black?"
"Can Santa Claus be thin?"
"Does Santa always have to be a him?'"

"Mr. Slater, it's a difficult task
To find answers the the questions you ask.
I think with these I'll need some assistance,
But I'll get you the answers with a little persistence."

Ms. Frazer turned in her swivel chair,
Picked up the phone and dialed Mr. Dare.
Mr. Dare was the head of the P.T.A.
He called for a meeting the very next day.

"Thank you for coming,"
He began with a greeting.
"I'd like to get right to the point of this meeting.
Mr. Slater, in charge of the kindergarten class,
Needs the answers to some questions
And he needs them real fast."

"'Can Santa be black?'
"'Can Santa be thin?'
"'Does Santa always have to be a him?'"

The parents didn't know what to say,
Christmas vacation was nineteen days away.
There were cookies to bake and lights to string,
Gifts to wrap and carols to sing.

They hadn't time to think
What Christmas was about,
In nineteen more days
School would be out!
Why did children have to ask questions when
Parents had no time to sit and answer them?

"Well, Parents?
Are there any suggestions?
Do we have any answers
To these difficult questions?"

"Who knows best
What Christmas is about?
Let's ask Santa!"
Someone called out in a shout.

The secretary of the P.T.A.
Sent a letter to Santa the very next day.
The reply came back, very, very fast,
Addressed to Mr. Slater
And the kindergarten class.

Dear Mr. Slater, Dear Girls, Dear Boys,
Once a storywriter caught me bringing you toys.
The year he spied me opening my sack,
my skin was white, my boots were black.
You probably know how that story goes...
I laid a finger aside my nose?
All these years, needlessly,
that story worries children who don't have a chimney.
All year long I listen to the news,
read people's thoughts, see people's views.
At the end of the year, when I see what's needed most,
I take that shape like a Christmas ghost.
I can pass through keyholes, windows and locks,
apartment buildings, hospitals, tents, and trailer lots.
One year I used a wheelchair in place of my sleigh,
Once I was blind and had to feel my way.
It's hard to understand when I don't leave a toy,
you can't unwrap a gift like hope, or health or joy.
My skin has been black, white, yellow, red brown;
my eyes have been slanted, crossed, and round.
Sometimes I have been a she:
all these things are a part of me.
You may not believe all this is true,
but that's okay, boys and girls, because...
I believe in you.

Dec 23, 2006

In honor of our award winner...

We are in the midst of greatness folks, vikkitikkitavi over at Bells On
is the winner of "Least Influential Political Blog."

And since she credits her Hoosier hometown, I thought this comic could be renamed Phone call to Indiana for a day.

Dec 22, 2006

Here's the answer GKL..

GETkristiLOVE points out many of the great points of a big snowstorm in her blog.
In response to her question of when was the last time you had to shovel your deck, the answer would be when the snow depth exceeds the height of your dogs ability to poop.

It's at that point you go out and start clearing "zones" for your poochies to do their duty!

Dec 20, 2006

The good news is your lungs look good!

Woman Puts Baby Through Airport X-Ray
By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - A woman mistakenly put her 1-month-old grandson through an X-ray machine at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child on the carry-on baggage screening monitor and immediately pulled him out, the Los Angeles Times reported for a story in Wednesday's editions.

The infant was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined he did not receive a dangerous dose of radiation.

"This was an innocent mistake by an obviously inexperienced traveler," said Paul Haney, deputy executive director of airports and security for the city's airport agency.

The incident happened early Saturday, airport officials said.

Dec 19, 2006

Dec 15, 2006

Tis the season

Christmas is fast approaching and as my public service to all of you fine folks out there, here is a link to The 10 most dangerous play things of all time

Everyone could probably guess #1 on the list, yep, Lawn Darts! Who hasn't read about some kid in the E.R. with 6" of cold steel embedded in their skull?

But the one that shocked me was #2...

Dec 14, 2006

And now for today's headlines...

I must have missed this covered on CNN. It's a shame to don't spend more time on the truly important stories.

Dec 8, 2006

Nobody wants to see your baby factory

Saw this on SNL, and it was one of the few things that was funny about the show. The SNL news still rocks, and this segment was excellent!

Dec 7, 2006

Runnin, runnin, runnin, keep those doggies runnin...

Finally got some pictures back from Brightroom that we ordered way back. These were taken at a run we did that was pretty fun, it took you through Coors field where the Rockies play, then Through the Pepsi Center across the ice where the Aves play, and finished at Mile High where the Broncos play.
It was very fun to go through these venues instead of a typical run where you just motor along the streets or through some park.

That's me pushing and my wife in the red beside me!