Friday, December 20, 2013

Maybe Someone Should Tell Megyn Kelly

The other day, I heard Megyn Kelly say this on The Kelly File:

“By the way, for all the kids watching at home, Santa just is white.  This person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But you know, Santa is what he is and just so, you know, we are just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

I have to say that I was shocked at her narrow-minded view of the world.

I wasn’t angry, though; I didn’t feel that I had the right to be.  I lived in the same type of white-person La La Land until I was 31 years old and brought my son home from Africa.

It was only that year—the year that I turned 31 and began my own family—that I started to have questions such as “What color is Santa?” 

So I did what I always do when faced with a tough question in life.  I called the smartest guy I know:  my dad.

“Dad,” I said, phone at my ear, pacing the kitchen floor as I watched my beautiful baby son eat Cheerios in his high chair, “what color is Santa?  Because I’ve always thought he was white…”  I trailed off as I smiled at my son pinching another Cheerio between his little brown forefinger and thumb in concentration. 

“…but now I’m just not so sure.”

My dad didn’t even skip a beat, and although I expected to hear a smile in his voice when he answered, there wasn't one, which showed me just how very seriously he took my question.  “Well, don’t you know, Shay? Santa is magic.  He turns colors depending on whose house he’s flying to.  I’d say some years he’s going to be black at your house, and some years he’s going to be white.”

Of course.

Sometimes it brings tears to my eyes, how smart my old man is.

Merry Christmas.  J

13 comments:

  1. Santa says, " flattery will not increase the amount in your Christmas Envelope this year!--Merry Christmas !!!! HO HO HO

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    1. DAMMIT. I should have gone with the original post I had planned for today, where I make fun of you and your highballs. Ah, well. There's always Christmas Day. Love you!!

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  2. Your dad is so right! And I love that your dad is "Anonymous." :)

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    1. He probably would try to give me away by signing his own name, Kate, but he doesn't know how. I'm actually pretty surprised he knows how to leave a comment. Haha

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  3. You dad is a smart guy, Shay. Magic has no color and all the colors. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  4. Your dad sounds pretty awesome, actually! My kid still mostly hates Santa. He gets the presents thing though, so maybe I'm doing something right??? May your holiday envelope be fat, and your beer never empty, my friend.

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  5. Us Dads can be pretty amazing at times.

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  6. HA! Me an your Dad Shay...both pretty smart, can't figure it out. I love the stories of your dad except it makes me miss mine so.. My message to you is never let an "I love you" go unspoken, or a hug not happened. I never did and I still feel gyped. I still have some left to give.

    Merry Christmas Shay! and a safe and Happy New Year!
    Anonymous J

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  7. Tears. I love this post, Shay. If you're not mad at Megyn Kelly, then I'll be mad at her for you..that stuck up *#&^% (if it weren't a Christmas post I totally would have written that word out).

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    1. That is so sweet, Lisa. This is what I always say about my personality: I try so hard to get mad and/or stay mad at people because I'm pretty sure that's how I'm supposed to feel, but I just can't work myself up to it. I'm too laid-back for my own good, I think. :) One of my closest friends tells me that my inability to hold a grudge is one of my best attributes, but sometimes I think--dammit! What is wrong with me? This should really piss me off! But it doesn't, so I just go on being happy...which is a pretty good comeback by itself to people who say stuff like this, right? Merry Christmas--I adore you for always coming over and commenting!

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  8. What a sweet story. I love it. Didn't know you had an adopted son. My son is adopted too.

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