Ashland Living - Daily Independent Winter 2018 - Page 14

What is and what should be Charles Romans The Daily Independent I still think Santa Claus is real … There have been many times in my life when I have been on the receiving end of the red-coated saint’s generosity. And in the interest of full disclosure, I also should say there have been many years when all December 25 brought me was cold and snow. Ironically, those two extremes were never balanced out during any particular stage of my life. There were Christmases when I was a child (and an adult) that Santa dropped the ball, I must admit – and he didn’t even have the courtesy to at least leave the ball that he had dropped. That at least would have been something. Still, in his defense, he never ate the cookies those years, so I suppose he just had other more pressing concerns. I didn’t like it, but it happens from time to time. And then there were years when Santa Claus was my best buddy, and not only left presents, but brought fruit and other treats too. Those years could be con- sidered the good years, I guess; I didn’t have time to think that through because I was too busy playing or sleeping off the treats. But I ended every Christmas, whether the year was good or bad (perspective wise), going to sleep in my own bed, in my own house. Now I just mention this to give you some of my background, and maybe an insight into my thoughts about Santa Claus, and why no one will ever convince me that he isn’t real. Sometimes receiving nothing is still receiving something because it gives you a perspective from which to judge. And obviously receiving something covers a lot of ground as well, because you suddenly have things that you didn’t have before and honestly, ‘free’ is pretty cool. But that isn’t why I think Santa is real, either, or even what Santa Clause represents. 14 | WINTER 2018 | ASHLAND LIVING