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Doug4.7
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I received this in my WORK e-mail this morning. Not from a friend or relative, but from the OCIO Business Manager of my parent agency. THe "unclassified" note in the thread title is because all of his official e-mails have to have either "unclassified", "sensitive", "classified", or "??????" on them (the last two categories, I don't get because I don't have a clearance.

Enjoy...
quote:
All,
This is a Great Story and I hope that it touches you as it did me. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Santa Claus is ALIVE and WELL!

>****
> I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid.
> I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big
> sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even
> dummies know that!"
>
> My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that
> day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always
> told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot
> easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I
> knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so.
>
> It had to be true.
>
> Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told
> her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" She
> snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going
> around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your
> coat, and let's go."
>
> "Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second
> world-famous cinnamon bun.
>
> "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town
> that had a ! little b it of just about everything. As we walked through
> its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.
>
> That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy
> something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car. "Then
> she turned and walked out of Kerby's.
>
> I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but
> never had I shopped for anything all by myself.
> The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish
> their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there,
> confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who
> on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my
> friend s , my neighbors, the kids at school, and the people who went to
> my church.
>
> I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.
> He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me
> in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.
>
> Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out
> to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the
> teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker
> didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the
> ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bo bby Decker a
> coat!
>
> I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real
> warm, and he would like that.
>
> "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter
> asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.
> "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."
>
> The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed
> a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a
> bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.
>
> That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of
> the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and
> ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that
> Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby
> Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever
> officially, one of Santa's helpers.
>
> Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept
> noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk.
>
> Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered,
> "get going." I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the
> present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety
> of the bushes and Grandma.
>
> Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to
> open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.
>
> Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering,
> beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes.
> That night , I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were
> just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well,
> and we were on his team. I still have the Bible, with the coat tag
> tucked inside: $19.95.
>
> May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS
> that care....
>
> And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!

I left out his official agency signature block to keep ME from getting in trouble....

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Poboy
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So? Should it have been classified?
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dfresh
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Doug, be glad that you don't get the classified emails. Those let people in on the truth about the Easter Bunny.
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Methuselah
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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.
> He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me
> in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.

Oh those smelly, messy-haired, poor kids. Always so easy to spot...Maybe Bobby would have rather gotten a hair brush for Christmas so he wouldn't look so obviously like a poor kid? [Razz]

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Doug4.7
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quote:
Originally posted by Methuselah:
quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.
> He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me
> in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.

Oh those smelly, messy-haired, poor kids. Always so easy to spot...Maybe Bobby would have rather gotten a hair brush for Christmas so he wouldn't look so obviously like a poor kid? [Razz]
Maybe even some soap and shampoo. [Wink]

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Doug4.7
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Note: I did do a search and it came up blank, but I swear that I've read this one here before. Of course, maybe I don't remmeber it because THEN it was "classified"....

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Kahuna Burger
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I suppose it would have killed her to say "there's no magic person named Santa, but the idea of giving that he represents is very important and its something we can all be a part of...." [Roll Eyes]
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Spamamander in a pear tree
We Wish You a Merry Giftmas


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Of course not Kahuna- but it wouldn't have been glurgey enough. FSM knows we need more glurge for the holidays...

In other news, an 84 year old woman died unexpectedly today while explaining the meaning of Santa Claus to her grandson.

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Ink Rose
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Yet another nice deed and kind message made stupid by glurgification. BLECH!

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NancyFancyPants
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Why is it that these kids never have names like Pawlowski? Or Gursahaney? Or Dinishenskaya?

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Tootsie Plunkette
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This reminded me of Understood Betsy, and the sewing circle making clothes for 'Lias Brewster.

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TB Tabby
We Wish You a Merry Giftmas


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Not only is Santa Claus real, he's a member of the JLA!

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SheepOfDoom
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quote:
"I'll wait for you in the car. "Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old.

The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there,confused

Can't say I'd be too happy if my mother abandoned my eight-year old in a busy crowded shopping centre by himself. And considering:

quote:
Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days
What was he doing buying a $19.95 coat (as he said in those days $10 was considered a lot).. The child has expensive tastes.

Sheep

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Esprise Me
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quote:
I knew Grandma always
> told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot
> easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I
> knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so.

Still trying for the world glurge record of minimum time frame in which to contradict oneself, I see.

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Barbara
Layaway in a Manger


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quote:
Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkette:
This reminded me of Understood Betsy

Tootsie, I thought I was the only person who'd ever read that book.

Barbara

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senshisteph
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quote:
Originally posted by Barbara:
quote:
Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkette:
This reminded me of Understood Betsy

Tootsie, I thought I was the only person who'd ever read that book.

Barbara

Add me to that!

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nana korobi ya oki
'fall down seven times, get up eight.'

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Penny
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quote:
Originally posted by Esprise Me:
quote:
I knew Grandma always
> told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot
> easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I
> knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so.

Still trying for the world glurge record of minimum time frame in which to contradict oneself, I see.
Not really - it's a poetic depiction of the kid's total trust in his Grandmother. The author isn't actually claiming that the Grandmother is perfectly honest or that her cinnamon buns were world famous.

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noreen
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quote:
Originally posted by Barbara:
quote:
Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkette:
This reminded me of Understood Betsy

Tootsie, I thought I was the only person who'd ever read that book.

Barbara

I read it.

But I'm old.

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