"I never believed in Santa Clause" - Kathy
Yup. I was that child that all parents feared letting their little ones play with because I held truth beyond my years. The funny thing was I didn't realize I had that power. Growing up we (my sister and I) just weren't even introduced to the concept. Maybe it's because our parents didn't grow up with tradition (in Uganda) and therefore it didn't become a priority in our home.
Don't get me wrong...Jen and I did wonder sometimes of his existence. In fact, one year I went and put a plate of cookies and milk out near the fireplace. I had overheard some kids talking about it on the playground...so I figured... heck, why not.
They were still there in the morning. I thought maybe he was just full from all the other houses. But he didn't even leave a "Thanks anyways" card... or sip at the milk.
The other characters through the year didn't fit the bill either:
Easter Bunny: This was so bizarre to us. Why was a bunny laying eggs and hiding them? (Yes, being kids of a chemist we were taught early on that mammals do not lay eggs...) Mom had us dye eggs for a couple years... but that didn't stick. My first easter egg hunt was actually in college. Matt heard about my "sad childhood" and set one up outside my apartment. He even made bunny footprints on the stairs with flour. lol... too cute. (The urge to vacuum was overwhelming)
Tooth Fairy: Once I realized there was money to be made I was losing teeth like crazy. Little did I know there was a profit cap. But the whole tooth fairy idea flew out the window when dad woke me up while raising my pillow. The nail in the coffin would be when I found a small plastic bag in my parents closet that read "Katherine's first teeth". Wow... creepy and insightful all at the same time.
I just don't know because I don't have the experience.
Curious to hear your thoughts. :)