on having kids

I would love to have kids one day,

to take part in the great human tradition

of convincing children there are such magically wonderful things like Santa Clause.

I remember my own father

who tried so hard to convince us kids Father Christmas was real;

how he’d dress up as Santa every year

sneak through the house
just loud enough to wake us

come into our rooms
late at night
with his fake beard and bag

lay on top of us
and laugh.

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