While discussing with my 12 year old son, his new perspective on Christmas. He said, "It all makes sense now. When I was younger if I wanted a special Christmas gift, I would keep it a secret, and only whisper it to Santa Claus after I went to bed at night. But, he would never bring those special gifts to me."
When I would ask what he thought was special, he would say "nothing."
My young son recently took his first "study for" test. The evening before the test he told me that he didn't know what to study, because the only information that he had was a notebook with stuff they had already learned in class.
My young son was eagerly stirring the ingredients of a new recipe he found on the peanut butter jar, when he gasped, "I forgot to wash my hands!" He recovered quickly and added, "It's OK, I washed them a couple of times yesterday.
I love these stories. Apples in trees! Why Not! I'm actually going to use that one. My daughter (who is now 18) came home from the first day of kindergarden, I asked her what she did that day. She said, well my teacher read us the stupidest story. Really, what was it about? Snow White and some dorks! We laughed, she laughed. We still laugh. --I think she absolutely loved it when we laughed because that would have meant we thought that it was pretty funny too, and how silly was her teacher.