During one holiday season, I found myself at a local hardware superstore with my son. Eric was three at the time and he was sitting in the shopping cart as I walked up and down the aisles looking for a replacement toilet seat. Eric was starting to use the “potty” and we wanted to get a child’s seat, so he wouldn’t fall in. As soon as he laid his eyes on the Garfield toilet seat, he was mesmerized. He asked if we could get it. It was about ten dollars more expensive than a regular child’s seat. I tried to talk him out of it, but to no avail. I then said that since we hadn’t bought him all of his eight Hanukkah gifts yet, if he really wanted the special Garfield seat, it would be his eighth gift. He eagerly agreed.
As we were proceeding to the checkout area, a nice little old lady approached us. She smiled at Eric and asked him if he was a good boy and what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas. As I began to wonder how to respond, he simply stated, “We celebrate Hanukkah.”
The lady quickly smiled at Eric and said, “Well I’m sure you are a good boy and your parents will get you some great gifts for Hanukkah.”
He then proudly showed the lady the toilet seat and said, “This is my favorite Hanukkah present from my parents!” The lady walked away. She probably then recognized me as the guy who tried to pocket the dollar bill at midnight mass years ago.
“An excerpt from Put It In Your Act! – Chapter 13 – The Dreaded Holiday Dilemma”