Ken and I enlisted Simone and Nadia to help us shop for gifts for each other this year. I went first. The four of us went to the mall, and Ken went to another store so we could shop. I asked Simone and Nadia if they liked some items, we purchased them and then met Ken in the mall. I made sure to tell the girls we should not tell Daddy what we had bought him. It was a surprise. Both nodded and Simone repeated we could not tell because it was a secret. All was well.
While I was at work, Ken took the girls shopping with him for my gifts. When I returned, Simone pointed out the new gifts under the tree and said she could not tell me about them because it was a secret. All was well. Later, the girls and I went grocery shopping. We were in the car and my favorite CD of all time was playing: the soundtrack of Charlie Brown Christmas. We were barely out of the driveway when Simone started talking about my gifts.
“Mommy, I can’t tell you about your gifts because it’s a secret. It’s a secret, and I can’t tell you about Charlie Brown, because Daddy said it’s a secret and I can’t tell you. So, I am not going to tell you.”
All I could do was laugh. I had been disappointed ever since Charlie Brown Christmas was postponed this year because President Barack Obama had to give a speech about Afghanistan. I, like many in America, was outraged. He may be the president, but he should not mess with Charlie Brown. It is a bit of a Christmas tradition. I took note of the new date and had planned to watch the special with Simone and Nadia, but then I ran an errand that evening and missed most of the special. That was it. I told Ken I wanted the DVD. I do not know if the Charlie Brown Christmas DVD is wrapped and under the tree, but I only have to wait one more day to find out.