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What Patience Really, REALLY wants for Christmas or There's no funny like kindergarten girl/big sister funny

Today was the Winter Party at Patience's school. Here are the girls making reindeer sandwiches:

The teacher and I had a little tete-a-tete as the kids went through the fun stations. I mentioned the ink incident. She asked if Patience had shared what Those Boys Did with scissors. I said yes. She was very cute about it.

Then she asked if I had seen Patience's letter to Santa that she wrote in class.

She said it was the funniest letter because...well, see for yourself:

A cat and 3 kittens. (She means REAL ones.)
And a dog and puppies. (Again, real ones.)
And for my sister to calm down.
Please Santa Claus, make my sister calm down.
Love, Patience

She and I laughed and laughed. I got home, read the letter, and laughed and laughed again. Then I had Patience read it to me, and kept my giggles to myself, no mean feat, especially when she added, "Because That Child is way too busy for her own good."

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Suz said…
That's hysterical! If only Santa had the power.
Suz said…
to calm children down, I'd be asking for the same thing.

(Blogger ate my comment- weird!)
jeanie said…
Ahh - the honesty of youth! I do hope that one is saved for 21sts and wedding speeches!

So, will you be adding the same wish on YOUR Santa list?
Julie Pippert said…
Suz, your comment made sense anyway but sorry you had to re-comment. Yes, if only Santa (or anyone!) had the power.


Jeanie, every single day I ask this of Santa, God, Jesus, all the Saints in Heaven, my husband, my mother, the child in question, the cashier at Palais Royal last get the gist. ;)
Kyla said…
I love it!! It's on my list too, but only replace "sister" with "children". ;)
thordora said…
Oh that's too cute! In our house it's "Make Rozie shut up and leave me alone"
Liv said…
Oh, Patience. You, my love, are in for a lifetime of sisterly enjoyment.


the one whose sister always wanted her to calm down.

(even 23 years later)
Mayberry said…
FANtastic. I love it!
Kat said…
That is hilarious! Let me know if it works, because if it does, I'm writing a letter to Santa to make my boys calm down.
She is such a little grown up.
Aliki2006 said…
Oh if ONLY!! I think that would be T.'s list, except substitute "brother" for "sister"!

What a letter to treasure...
Tere said…
Loved it! So cute and funny!
painted maypole said…
wow. that is priceless.
SciFi Dad said…
That? Is awesome.

I'm telling you... that kid of yours is something special (not that you needed to be told, but it is nice, isn't it?)
LOL! She's a bright little thing.

The picture is beautiful - love the matching shirts.

Heidi :)
Julie Pippert said…
Kyla, ME TOO!! Only geez, your kids must reserve it for home because they are always LOVELY when I see them. My kids like to do that sometimes.


Thordora, we get that too. The "keep That Child out of My Room" has begun too.


Liv, I am LOL but think I will keep that to myself.


Mayberry, it is pretty hilarious. I think the kicker is that she asked it TWICE and the second time it was so pleading.


Kathryn, I will let you know but understand I am pretty skeptical LOL.


Aliki, I do treasure it already but I also feel a teensy of mommy guilt because it is so indicative of how disruptive Persistence can be from Patience's POV and oh I want to do better.


Tere and PM, thank's pretty classic!


SciFi dad, I believe she is and so the school keeps telling me, but it doesn't hurt to hear ever. :) I think it's pretty remarkable that she included it.


Heidi, okay the cute matching deal is SO IRONIC right after I confessed the whole mismatched thing. It's even more ironic that we got those shirts That Night at Target. It's because our next door neighbor has that same little thing and they saw it, it was on clearance, and they wanted to get it to match their little best friend. They also like to match each other. This was NOT something I planned because my sister and I HATED matching. Go figure!!
Ok, that letter is simply precious! A keeper for sure!!!
Anonymous said…
OK, If Santa can do that, please send him to my house when he is finished at yours.
Bea said…
That is awesome.

I think I might have written a similar letter somewhere along the way. Or if I didn't I should have - maybe it would have helped.
Magpie said…
That is wonderful!
I asked Santa for my children to calm down. So yeah, I totally get your girl!

Good look with those kittens, btw... and the dogs ... the puppies ...

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