I was feeling quite proud of myself. After all, I didn’t have to do any last minute Christmas shopping this year. With over a week to go, all the presents were bought and wrapped and placed under the tree.
That is, until I heard Jay asking Ace if Christmas was on 25. (Meaning December 25th) “Why yes it is” Ace confirmed. Then Jay asked how many more days there were until 25. “9 more days” Ace replied. They both ran over to the calendar and counted down the days together. There was a certain sweetness in both their voices that I don’t hear often. I’m used to the loudness and the angst and the urgency that accompanies most of the things they say. This exchange was different. I lingered in the bathroom – out of sight – taking it all in. They were having a real life back and forth conversation. There was an air of peaceful excitement as they moved from the calendar to the tree.
That’s when Jay said “We get to open presents on 25 (?)”. It was a little difficult to tell if he was asking a question or just making a statement. But Ace told him yes and reminded him that there were only 9 days to go. I finally emerged from my hiding spot and Jay pointed to the tree and said “Mom, little Thomas is there.”
Ahm … *thinking really hard about what he could mean* … “What baby?”
He said it again, quite unphased by my lack of understanding, “On 25, little Thomas is there.”
Ace pulled me aside and whispers to me, “Oh Mom, I know what he’s talking about.” Ace told me all about the toy catalogs that the kids have been browsing through since before Halloween and about how every time they look through them Jay points to a small Thomas The Tank Engine toy and says he wants that for Christmas. I couldn’t believe it. The boys haven’t been into Thomas for some time now. Years actually. Unlike previous years, there were NO train toys under the tree this year. There are animal things and Power Ranger things but no train things.
But I can’t let my boy down. Not when I have waited so long for him to be able to tell me what he wants and not when he’s doing such a great job of patiently waiting for “25” so he can get it (over 2 months) and not when it’s clear that Ace so badly wants his brother to have his wish. He even wants to be the one to wrap it for his brother. He actually feels badly because he knew all along that Jay wanted that toy and he forgot to ask Santa for it on his behalf.
The good thing is that I can pick up a Thomas toy pretty much anywhere and there’s no need to go to the mall and battle with people over parking spots or the last of the popular toy on the shelf the week before Christmas. There will definitely be a little Thomas under the tree for Jay on 25.