Slim Randles' Home Country
Santa suits up
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Herb tried on
the Santa suit this morning. Couldn't button the middle button on
the jacket, but fortunately the pants had a drawstring that made
allowances for yet another year of good living and fine food. To fix
the unclosed button situation, Herb thought he'd wear a red vest
under the jacket this Christmas Eve, and maybe the kids won't
They always seemed to pay more attention to his face, anyway, during
these annual pilgrimages to that spot on the highway in front of the
convenience store. Each Christmas Eve now for how many years? Well,
I guess Cindy was maybe 6 when she first became dad's head elf and
wore the green outfit. And now? Cindy will be there again, of
course, even though she has some elves of her own now. Will she be
30 this spring? Whaddya know ...
Cindy could've passed this job
along to others, but she always insists. Says it's a "daddy/daughter
thing." Herb's awfully glad about that, too.
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Looking at himself in the mirror now with the beard and cap, he
thought he knew at least part of why actors get hooked on their
profession. For a time, one small time each year, Herb gets to be
someone else. He gets to play someone loved by everyone, someone who
does only good things for others all year.
He wouldn't miss out on this couple of hours in his year. He gets
to be part of something special, something based in love, something
... magic in the eyes of children.
And that's worth a "Ho! Ho! Ho!" in anyone's book.
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