Bittersweet and Sweet. It’s a 6.

*the sounds of a young girl crying*

Hey, why you cryin’… that bully across the street messin’ with you again?” The boy’s voice, buoyed by a maturity beyond his 9 years, walked over to the 6 year old girl at the end of the asphalt driveway, heading towards her own house, 3 doors down.

Sniffling away her tears, the little girl looked up at the boy, “Brian just told me there was no Santa Claus and when I told him there was, my dad told me so, he said my dad was lying!”

Hold on now…who you gonna believe… you know Brian’s a jerk; he teases all the younger kids so tell you what, I’ll go over there, tell him off and catch up with you in a minute, “k?

No longer crying, the little girl’s eyes now big with surprise asked, “you’re not going to fight him are you, ‘cuz he’s bigger than you and all I have to do is tell my dad… he’ll go over and give him a talking to, I know it!”

Smiling, the boy said softly, “nah Sofie, I’m just going to talk to Brian, let him know if he ever makes you cry again then he’d better be ready, ‘cuz I’ll be lookin’ for him.”

26 thoughts on “Bittersweet and Sweet. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny December 30, 2022 / 11:06 am

    It’s best not to tell children that Santa Claus is real. Nice tale showing the problems that can happen with doing so.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 30, 2022 / 9:14 pm

      So what I love about writing and writing Six Sentence Stories in particular.
      Generating conversation based on interpretation of the story. Thank you, Frank.

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  2. Spira December 30, 2022 / 11:19 am

    A few days ago I had an 8 years old child telling me that a teacher straight up told them there is no Santa Claus blah, blah…
    I guess Brian must have been her student once!

    While I understand the whole industry around the concept of SC, I would not trade my childhood Christmas mornings, rushing to see in amazement the socks on the wall filled with presents and a note (always knew everything that Santa…how?).
    I mean, we tell another story to our children that we care so much for their future and then we go on and mess up the planet as much as we can.
    But we care for them. And the world they will inherit to live in.


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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 30, 2022 / 9:20 pm

      I believe he must have been, lol

      Thank you for sharing a glimpse into young Nick’s Christmas mornings. They sound very special 😊

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  3. Liz H December 30, 2022 / 11:20 am

    “Buoyed by a maturity beyond his 9 years”
    He speaks with the voice of experience, and knows how important it is to have dreams & faith, and the comfort of having someone looking out for you.
    Hope someone had done that for him…

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  4. Keith's Ramblings December 30, 2022 / 11:25 am

    A delightful story although I was a little concerned at the suggestion that Santa’s not real!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 30, 2022 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Keith. To receive a “delightful” from you, is special.
      I know! Yet, this story is based on personal experience.

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  5. messymimi's meanderings December 30, 2022 / 9:08 pm

    It’s not easy, making that transition to understand the ways in which Santa is real and the ways in which he’s not.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 30, 2022 / 9:51 pm

      No, not easy at all, Mimi.
      Wish I could remember exactly the words my father told me. I know I believed in Santa at least 1 more year.

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      • Spira December 31, 2022 / 7:21 am

        Your conscious mind may seem to have forgotten those words…but trust me when I say, You…what makes you You…has Not.

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  6. dorahak December 30, 2022 / 10:21 pm

    A nine-year-old knight in shining armor! And why not? There are many things worth fighting for, and it’s never too early to start. Happy New Year, Denise!

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake January 1, 2023 / 2:37 pm

    What a gift that girl has received. Now, in addition to her father and Santa, she also has a protective neighbor.

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  8. clark January 2, 2023 / 2:01 pm

    The fostered myths of childhood. Though not in itself a bad thing, but the choice of myths to reinforce and protect are jealously guarded by the adults.
    Pretty much through history and all cultures.

    Now, imagine the child holding dear an entirely different myth, the more powerful in their lives will tend towards being less supportive I suspect*.

    imo a fairly benign fantasy, compared to the twisted, terroristic emotional-extortion of the old-school fairy tales, lol ayyiee

    *the Charles Schulz character and the ‘Great Pumpkin’ just popped into my head.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 3, 2023 / 10:42 pm

      You’ve given me pause to consider – “the choice of myths to reinforce and protect are jealously guarded by adults”.

      *(Loved watching, when I was little, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”!)


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