On St. Patrick's Day Louie the Leprechan came to Nathan's school. He wrote a note on the board; something about "teeheehee". And left little foot prints everywhere. Louie also left gold coins from his pot at the end of the rainbow. The school does a lot for St. Patrick's Day; they even have green food for lunch.
Nathan brought two coins home. He was very adamant that they were real gold and he could buy stuff with them. Andrew wanted to squash his dreams. He told Nathan that leprechans aren't real, those coins aren't real, and it's all made up. Andrew told Jerry and I that he knows those things (ie Santa, the Toothfairy, leprechans) aren't real. Nathan just kept telling Andrew he was going to go buy something with his monies.
Jerry and I still want to hold onto this part of the kids' childhood. We especially don't want anything to be ruined for Annabelle. And Nathan isn't ready to give up make believe yet. So we did what any normal *ahem* parent would do.
We went to GameStop, talked to the man behind the counter, and prepaid for Lego Star Wars III that they had reserved weeks ago. We picked the boys up from school on Tuesday and headed to GameStop. We told them both that the game was out and we had to go pick it up. The boys went to the counter and told Jeremy they had reserved Lego Star Wars III and were there to pick it up. Jeremy rang it up, told Nathan the price, he handed over his gold coin, and got his and game and receipt. He was beyond excited! Andrew's mouth just dropped.
Andrew still can't figure out how the was no real money exchanged. He now questions his nonbeliefs.
If this is what we have to do to keep the magic alive then we will continue to do so. Childhood is ending too quickly these days and I want to hold onto it.