ASo how’s everything going for Christmas?
BI’ve got all the presents I need, and my family is working together to get all the food ready. That’s easy, but I have another problem to deal with.
AWhat’s that? Don’t tell me you’ve still got Christmas cards to write, it usually takes my wife a month to write all of ours.
BNo, I did that a long time ago. It’s about telling my son the truth about Santa Claus.
AHe still doesn’t know that Santa isn’t real? How old is he, eight?
BYes. He’s never said anything so I never told him. But now that he’s getting older…
AYou think it’s better that he should be told?
BYes, he’s too old to believe in that type of things. And I’d rather tell him before the kids at school do.
AThat happened to my oldest girl. She became really upset when her classmates told her Santa wasn’t real.
BI can understand. I was lucky with my oldest, she figured it out by herself and didn’t tell my son.
AWell, when you tell him, be gentle. It’s hard for kids to find out something like that.
二你儿子又惹麻烦了 Got into trouble
AI just got a call from Mrs. Fitzgerald. See what your Willie has just done.
BMy Willie? Why has he suddenly become my Willie?
ABecause he takes after you, he’s got into trouble again.
BWhat did he do this time? I remember last time he was painting her fence to repay her for breaking it, and he accidentally painted her cat.
AThat was last time. This time it’s worse.
BOk, tell me.
AWell, he was playing baseball with some friends…
BAnd the ball went through her window? That’s not as bad as last time.
ATrue, but that’s not all. The ball went through the window and hit the vase she has in her front window……
BOk, that’s probably expensive, but not that bad.
AAnd then, ricocheted off her fish bowl. Mrs. Fitzgerald at the last minute dived and saved her fish.
BAt least the fish were saved. If that’s the end of the damages, then everything isn’t that bad.
AStop interrupting me. Finally, the ball flew through the air and knocked out Willie’s school principal, who was having a cup of coffee with Mrs. Fitzgerald.
BHmm, that is bad.